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False Aster
Boltonia asteroides

a.k.a. False Chamomile

A robust, asterlike, perennial herb, which has branched stems, often in clumps and grows 3-5' tall. This species attracts butterflies and may do well in semi-shaded areas. This plant grows tall and should be planted with other robust species.

USDA symbol: BOAS

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height3 to 6 feet
Light ExposureSun
Soil MoistureDry, Medium
Bloom ColorWhite
False Aster (False Aster<div><em class="small">Boltonia asteroides</em></div>)
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Flooding / Inundation ToleranceModerate
General Resilience8
Salt ToleranceLow
Stress ToleranceFire Tolerant, General Disturbance

Pollinator Value: Very High

Bloom MonthsJuly to October
Larval Host ofBees
Specific Pollinators HostedPerdita octomaculata
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeRain Garden, Sandy or Engineered Soils
Coefficient of Conservatism5
Herbivore SensitivityLow
Rate of SpreadFast
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyBlue Earth, Brown, Carver, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Cottonwood, Dakota, Douglas, Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Kandiyohi, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Martin, Mower, Nobles, Pope, Ramsey, Renville, Rock, Sibley, Steele, Swift, Traverse, Washington, Wright, Yellow Medicine
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands