Symphyotrichum ericoides
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Hardiness Zone: 3-10 Height: 1-3 feet; 0.3-0.9 metres Spread: 1-1.5 feet; 0.3-0.45 metres Sun: Full sun Water: Dry to medium Wildlife: Bees, butterflies, skippers, moths, flies, wasps, and beetles are attracted to the flowers. Insects such as aphids, plant bugs, and caterpillars feed on this plant. Bloom Colour: White and yellow/pink Tolerates: Drought Culture: Prefers dry to average, well-drained soil. It grows readily in sand or clay but will also grow in soil consisting of loam, or gravelly matter. Noteworthy Characteristics: Heath Aster has hairy, green to brown stems with alternate leaves. The leaves tend to be slightly hairy and are linear. The plant produces many compound flowers that consist of white ray florets and yellow to pink disk florets in the center. The flowers are later replaced by wind-dispersed seeds.