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BOLTONIA asteroides 'Snowbank'

Image of Boltonia asteroides var. latisquama 'Snowbank'

Jessie Keith

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

BOLTONIA asteroides var. latisquama 'Snowbank'

Plant Common Name

False Aster

General Description

Bearing a blizzard of late-season blooms on stout, relatively compact stems, 'Snowbank' is a selection of Boltonia asteroides var. latisquama, a large herbaceous perennial native to moist habitats in the eastern and central United States. This cultivar was introduced by the New England Wildflower Society in Framingham, Massachusetts.

The upright, blue-green stems of 'Snowbank' are furnished with narrowly lanceolate blue-green leaves. Plants spread slowly via rhizomes to form large clumps. Masses of small, white, yellow-eyed "daisies" are borne in flat-topped clusters from late summer into fall. The blooms attract many pollinators such as butterflies and bees.

Full sun is best for this tough and adaptable perennial. It succeeds in many soils, from poor and dry to rich and damp, but does with moderate moisture and good drainage. Plants flop in partial sun, requiring staking.

This United States native is ideal for large perennial borders and wildflower and butterfly gardens. Its blooms are good for cutting too.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, North-Central United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green, Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes