Aster ciliatus Muhl. ex Willd.
Aster ericoides L.
Aster exiguus (Fernald) Rydb.
Aster glabellus Nees
Aster hebecladus DC.
Aster leptophyllus hort.par. ex DC.
Aster multiflorus Dryand. ex Aiton
Aster pansus (S.F.Blake) Cronquist
Aster pauciflorus M.Martens
Aster pilosus reevesii (A.Gray) S.F.Blake
Aster polycephalus Rydb.
Aster ramulosus incanopilosus Lindl.
Aster reevesii (A.Gray) Bergmans
Aster reversii Hort. ex Decne.
Aster scoparius DC. [Illegitimate]
Aster stricticaulis (Torr. & A.Gray) Rydb.
Chrysopsis ericoides (Torr.) Torr. & James ex Eaton
Eucephalus ericoides (L.) Nutt.
Galatella leptophylla (Desf.) Nees
Lasallea ericoides (L.) Semple & Brouillet
Virgulus ericoides (L.) Reveal & Keener
Symphyotrichum ericoides is a herbaceous perennial plant growing from a rhizomatous rootstock; it produces a loose or dense cluster of erect to ascending, much-branched, slender stems 20 - 80cm tall, occasionally to 100cm[
The plant has been harvested from the wild for local medicinal use, though is probably not used at the present time. It is often grown as an ornamental in gardens, there are many named forms[
This plant may become weedy or invasive in some regions or habitats and may displace desirable vegetation if not properly managed[
Eastern and central N. America - North Dakota to Ontario and Maine, south to Arizona, Texas and Mississippi
Open, dry to moist, well drained, sandy or gravelly, disturbed soils, prairies, glades, dunes, fields, shores, railroad rights-of-way, roadsides; at elevations from 30 - 3,200 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
The plant is best adapted to dry and medium wet, well-drained soils found in open areas like prairies with sandy, gravelly, or rocky substrates. It is drought hardy and does well in sun and partial sun[
The plant is generally not browsed by deer[
Native Americans used this plant in sweat baths. Flowering plants served as binding to the structure of the sweat lodge and were added to hot rocks to produce herbal steam[
The plant has also been used medicinally to revive unconscious patients[
Seed - surface sow in spring in a cold frame. Do not allow the compost to become dry. Pre-chilling the seed for two weeks can improve germination rates[
]. The seed usually germinates in 2 weeks at 20°c[
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Division in spring or autumn[
Basal cuttings in late spring. Harvest the shoots when they are about 10 - 15cm long with plenty of underground stem. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.