Calico Aster (Symphyotrichum lateriflorum)
A.k.a. Calico aster. A somewhat lanky aster with small flowers that bloom down the length of the upper branches. Generally considered better for woodlands and naturalized areas than showy garden beds, but is a cornerstone species for pollinators and host insects. Tolerates more sun in areas with sufficient moisture. Can be trimmed back early in the year to reduce overall height.
Light: Part Sun/Shade, Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet Mesic, Mesic, Dry Mesic
Soil Type: Loam, Clay Loam
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Sep-Oct
Root Type: Rhizome
Notable Wildlife Interactions: Flowers attract a wide variety of pollinators such as bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, beetles, and plant bugs. Hosts the silvery checkerspot and pearl crescent butterfly, as well as a variety of grasshoppers, katydids, beetles, moths, and many smaller insects. Sparrows and grouse feed on the seeds, and many mammals browse the foliage.