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White Heath Aster

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Aster ericoides 'Snow Flurry'


Uses: Quick spreading herbaceous perennial. A great groundcover and container plant! 

Benefits: Attracts pollinators and butterflies. Produces late-season, small, attractive, white flowers that have a wonderful fragrance. 

Zones: 3 - 9

Sun: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Life Cycle: Perennial 

Mature Height: 6"

Mature Width: 24"

Bloom Season: Late summer through early fall 


Aster ericoidesmost commonly known as White Heath Aster—is a herbaceous flowering perennial plant that's known to be a particularly hardy groundcover, especially for sites that are prone to strong sun, high heat, and dry soil.  

This particular cultivar, 'Snow Flurry', is a compact, prostrate-type aster that typically only reaches heights of 4" - 6", closely resembling the appearance of juniper or heath. 

This dense growing and quickly spreading variety truly makes an excellent groundcover. 

Plant near a wall or in a container/planter to have its flowering branches eventually cascading over the side. 

Although it's best known for its love of full sun and dry soil, White Heath Aster also does well in richer, moist soils and partial shade.

Attracts pollinators, butterflies, and birds. 

Drought tolerant, heat tolerant, deer resistant. 


White Heath Aster Care

Aster ericoides is very easy to care for and does not require lots of attention or maintenance. 

Although it often does not require fertilizer unless soil conditions are quite poor, fertilizations will accelerate growth and keep your plant well fed. We suggest using our slow release fertilizer, or something similiar.

We suggest propagating your White Heath Aster through division every few years. This is best done in spring, and is accomplished by simply cutting the base of the plant and its roots into sections, and replanting those sections. Failure to divide and transplant every few years may result in situations of poor growth due to root bounding and overcrowding. 

White Heath Aster 'Snow Flurry' may be grown in partial sun, although areas that receive full sun are much better. Insuffecient sunlight exposure will result in poor growth habits such as stretching, sparse flowering, and proneness to fungus and disease. 

Water regularly after planting until established, or in periods of drought. Its ideal soil is moist, rich, and well draining, although (once established) its known to thrive in dry soil conditions. 

It's best to cut back the leaves and flower stalks of this plant in the winter, although not required.


Size of White Heath Aster for Sale

We ship our Aster ericoides 'Snow Flurry' in a 4" grow pot. The plant will be appropriately sized for its container. 

Size of White Heath Aster When Fully Grown

Aster ericoides 'Snow Flurry' typically grows to a mature height of around 6" and width of about 24". 

Additional Information

Common Names of Aster ericoides 'Snow Flurry'

  • White Heath Aster

  • Snow Flurry Aster

  • Aster 'Snow Flurry'

  • Compact Aster

  • Heath Aster 'Snow Flurry'

Toxicity and Risks of White Heath Aster

We could not find any information that would lead us to believe that Aster ericoides is toxic to people or pets. 

The ASPCA lists Aster as nontoxic to dogs, cats, and horses