Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
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  • Heath Aster

    SCIENTIFIC NAME: Symphyotrichum ericoides ( Aster ericoides)

    COMMON NAME: Heath Aster, White Heath Aster, Aster Ericoides

    BLOOM TIME: Aug, Sept, Oct


    • Compact 3 ft. plant.
    • White flowers are tightly bunched along column, with 12 white petals around a yellow disk.
    • Found in prairies, pastures & old fields.
    • Habitat full sun and dry conditions, & is common in Illinois.


    • The caterpillars of the Silvery Checkerspot and Pearl Crescent butterflies feed on the foliage or flowers.
    • The caterpillars of many moth species feed on foliage or flower.
    • White-Tailed Deer, Cottontail Rabbits and various kinds of livestock also feed on the tender growth of young plants.
    • A wide variety of insects are attracted to the flowers.