'Eastern Star' is a bit shorter and more compact than the species and has very dark, nearly black and shiny stems and dark veins on leaves. Flowers are white, smaller (less than 1"). Adaptable, tough mounding and groundcovering perennial, easily grown in dry shade, where lots of plants fail...
Grows to 21" tall and 36" wide. Blooms late - in September to October.
Attracts butterflies, deer and rabbit resistant plant, black walnut tolerant perennial. Host plant for caterpillars of Pearl Crescent and Checkerspot butterfly.
Best in half shade or deep shade and dry to medium moist/moist soil. Tolerates wide range of soils, including pure clay or shallow rocky soils. Aster divaricatus 'Eastern Star' was one of the 7 top performing asters out of 119 asters in Chicago Botanical Gardens trials (health, performance, flower coverage, long-life, no disease). And also received high ratings in a 2006 evaluation of “Asters for the Mid-Atlantic Region” at Mt. Cuba Center (Delaware).
Hardy in zones 4 to 8.
Best in half shade or shade garden, woodland gardens, cottage gardens, pollinator gardens, butterfly gardens, shade and difficult parts of beds in public spaces, dry shade corners and under the trees. Underused perennial in USA.
Pot size : square 3.5" x 5" deep pot
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