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Symphyotrichum lateriflium

Family: Asteraceae

Common name: CALICO ASTER

Synonym: Aster lateriflorus

Native to: Naturalized Europe, North America

Sentiment: patience


Type: perennial

Forms: clumping, erect

Max height: 3.3 feet

Max width: 1 foot


secondary color present, white/off white




Attracts wildlife: adult butterfly, bird, specific butterfly species

Plant part consumed by birds: seeds

Plant features: naturalizes

Exposure: part shade

Propagates by: cutting, division, seed

flowers in fall

flowers in summer

Soil type: loam

USDA Zones: zone 3 -40 f, zone 4 -30 f, zone 5 to -20 f, zone 6 to -10 f, zone 7 to 0 f, zone 8 to +10 f, zone 9 to +20 f

Temp. range: -40 to +30 °F

Water: regular

Butterflies that feed on this plant

Abaeis nicippe

Aglais milberti

Agraulis vanillae

Agriades glandon

Anartia fatima

Anartia jatrophae

Ancyloxypha numitor

Anthanassa texana

Anthocharis cethura

Apodemia mejicanus

Apodemia mormo

Apodemia nais

Apodemia palmeri

Apodemia virgulti

Apodemia walkeri

Asterocampa clyton

Atalopedes campestris

Boloria epithore

Brephidium exilis

Burnsius albezens

Burnsius communis

Calephelis nemesis

Calephelis perditalis

Callicista columella subsp. istapa

Callophrys affinis

Celastrina ladon subsp. echo

Cercyonis oetus

Chlosyne acastus

Chlosyne lacinia

Chlosyne marina

Chlosyne palla

Coenonympha tullia

Colias behrii

Colias hecla

Colias nastes

Colias philodice

Colias scudderi

Cupido comyntas

Cyaniris neglecta

Danaus gilippus

Danaus plexippus

Dymasia dymas

Emesis zela

Epidemia dorcas

Erebia epipsodea

Eresia aveyrona subsp. mylitta

Erynnis baptisiae

Erynnis telemachus

Erynnis tristis

Euphydryas gillettii

Euptoieta claudia

Gyrocheilus patrobas

Heliopetes ericetorum

Hesperia comma subsp. colorado

Hesperia leonardus

Hesperia pahaska

Hesperia woodgatei

Hylephila phyleus

Junonia coenia

Leptotes marina

Lerema accius

Limenitis weidemeyerii

Lon hobomok

Lon melane

Lycaeides melissa

Lycaena helloides

Lycaena heteronea

Lycaena mariposa

Lycaena phlaeas

Mastor alternata

Mastor celia

Mastor celia subsp. belli

Mastor elissa

Mitoura gryneus

Neophasia menapia

Nymphalis antiopa

Oarisma garita

Occidryas chalcedona

Ochlodes sylvanoides

Panoquina ocola

Papilio glaucus

Papilio rutulus

Parnassius phoebus

Pholisora catullus

Phyciodes batesii

Phyciodes orseis

Phyciodes phaon

Phyciodes picta

Phyciodes tharos

Pieris rapae

Plebejus acmon

Plebejus anna

Plebejus fridayi

Plebejus lupini

Plebejus saepiolus

Plebejus shasta

Poladryas minuta

Polites coras

Polygonia oreas

Polygonia progne

Pontia occidentalis

Pontia protodice

Pyrgus ruralis

Pyrgus scriptura

Pyrisitia lisa

Satyrium fuliginosa subsp. semiluna

Satyrium liparops

Speyeria cybele

Speyeria egleis

Speyeria zerene

Stinga morrisoni

Texola elada

Thecla johnsoni

Thecla sangala

Thecla yojoa

Thessalia leanira

Vanessa cardui

Vanessa virginiensis

Zerene cesonia

There are 143 Symphyotrichum, or ASTER, a member of the Compositae (Aster) family. Three perennials are cultivated: Symphyotrichum ericoides, lateriflium, and novae-angeliae. Each of these prefers regular water and attracts birds, butterflies, and bees. They offer a lot of versatility for the gardener as they flower in fall, grow in Zones 2-9, can be propagated by seed, cutting, or division, and grow to 3 ½ to 5 feet tall.

Symphyotrichum lateriflium, CALICO ASTER, grows in Zones 3-9, 3.3' high x 1' wide, and white flowers bloom in summer and fall. It can naturalize, and be cultivated by cutting division or seed. The leaf is simple, alternate, green, lanceolate, linear, and has a pointed tip. It is native to North America. Grow it in part shade, in good soil, and try it in a container. It prefers regular water.

Numerous butterflies, listed on the left, are attracted to Compositae and include including:
Agraulis vanillae, Gulf Fritillary
Apodemia mormo, Mormon Metalmark
Callophrys nelsoni, Nelson's Hairstreak