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A picture of a Calico Aster

Calico Aster

Symphyotrichum lateriflorum

Also known as

Starved Aster, Goblet Aster, One-Side Aster, Side-Flower Aster, White Woodland Aster, Farewell Summer

Symphyotrichum lateriflorum by Shawn Severance (

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Calico Aster

A close up of a Symphyotrichum lateriflorum flower
A photo of Calico Aster
A photo of Calico Aster
A close up of a green Symphyotrichum lateriflorum plant
A close up of some Symphyotrichum lateriflorum flowers

Calico Aster Overview

Symphyotrichum lateriflorum is a clump-forming perennial from the Asteraceae family. It dies back every winter, in late summer producing small, white-pink, daisy-like flowers arranged at the end of tall stems. It was recently re-classified and renamed from Aster lateriflorus and is commonly known as Calico Aster. This plant originates from Canada to Mexico and is a popular garden plant. It is hardy and grows best in full sun.

Common problems with Calico Aster

How to propagate Calico Aster



Propagation is by softwood or basal cuttings in the spring.


Division in the spring or autumn.

Special features of Calico Aster

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Calico Aster

This hardy wildflower makes a useful addition to Wildlife friendly garden plantings and meadows.


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