Symphyotrichum lateriflorum

Side-flowering Aster

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Side-flowering aster is woodland native found in much of Eastern and Central North America. It can reach a height of 3 feet. As its common name, Side Flowering Aster, implies it produces small, white blooms along side branches off the main stem. The centers of the flowers start off violet and become yellow as the anthers appear. The flowers usually face upward and appear between numerous tiny leaves along the stems. It prefers partial shade with moist, well-drained soil. Unlike other asters, this one is not drought tolerant.

Plant Shape
Partial Shade, Full Shade
Bloom Time
July - August, September - October
Bloom Color
White, Purple
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border, Groundcover
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
5 - 7