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A.k.a. white doll’s daisy and false chamomile*. Not actually an aster, though it’s flowers resemble white asters or small daisiand it attracts a similarly wide suite of pollinators. Easy to grow, can be cut back in late spring to reduce overall height. May spread slowly from runners or rapidly from seed in favorable conditions.


Light: Full Sun

Soil Moisture: Wet Mesic, Mesic 

Soil Type: Loam

Height: 3'-6'

Bloom Color: White

Bloom Time: Aug-Sep

Root Type: Rhizome 

Notable Wildlife Interactions: Flowers attract bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, skippers, and beetles, including multiple specialized species of bee. Hosts the hispine leaf beetle Microrhopala xerene.

*Other scientific names are commonly used apparently interchangeably- Boltonia latisquama recognita, Boltonia asteroides recognita, and Boltonia asteroides var. latisquama. Some of these are also used for varieties with purple/blue flowers- this listing is for the variety WITH WHITE FLOWERS.

May the gods of binomial nomenclature show mercy from this day onward, for they have certainly spared none here.

False Aster (Boltonia latisquama)
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