Boltonia asteroides var. latisquama 'Snowbank' False aster or white doll's daisy
False aster or white doll's daisy Boltonia asteroides var. latisquama 'Snowbank'
This native American perennial will give you a nice pop of color in late summer and fall. The plants are covered with hundreds of white flowers. Easy to combine with other late bloomers like blue asters and sunflowers. They can tolerate hot, humid summers and are rarely bothered by pests or disease. Tough and easy to grow, the roots spread even in poor, dry soils.
Attracts butterflies and other beneficial insects
Late season nectar source for migrating butterflies
Covered with hundreds of white flowers
Grow it in full sun and well-drained, humus-rich soil
Looks beautiful with blue asters
Deer tend to leave this plant alone
White Doll's Daisy is found from the Upper Midwest and the Plains States south to Texas
Map Credit: The Biota of North America Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Butterflies and other insects have their skeleton on the outside of their body. This protective shell is called an exoskeleton and it conserves water in the insect body while helping to keep it safe from injury.
Although it will certainly tolerate periods of drought, Boltonia prefers average to moist soil and will withstand periodic wet feet. Full sun is essential for maintaining an upright stature. Cut back in early to mid-summer to achieve a less lanky habit.