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BOLTONIA asteroides var. latisquama

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Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

BOLTONIA asteroides var. latisquama

Plant Common Name

False Aster

General Description

This variety of white doll’s daisy has larger daisies and tends to be shorter than the standard species. It is a large North American perennial that naturally inhabits the sunny moist prairies and old fields of the central and northeastern United States.

White doll’s daisy has a tall, upright, bushy habit. It is clump-forming and spreads slowly via rhizomes. Its stems are lined with lance-shaped leaves that are deep green to gray-green. In midsummer to fall its stems become topped with many delicate yellow-centered daisies that may be white, lilac or lavender-pink. These appear in multitude and attract many pollinators such as butterflies and bees.

Full sun is best for this tough and adaptable perennial. It can withstand many soil types, even poor soils, but grows best in average fertile soil with even moisture and good drainage. Plants tend to flop, especially when planted in partial sun, and often require staking.

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

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • 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

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Central United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Pink, Lavender

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • 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

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes