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Jacob's Ladder Plant Care OOR

Jacob's Ladder Plant Care OOR

Jacob's Ladder Plant Care OOR

Eurybia divaricata, or White Wood Aster, is a herbaceous perennial native to the Eastern United States that typically grows wild in dry open woods, primarily in Appalachian mountain areas. It prefers partial shade with 3-4 hrs of sun daily in average, medium to dry well-drained soils. It is shade, deer, and drought tolerant. The showy white flowers appear in clusters in late summer to fall and are a favorite of bees and butterflies. Its seeds are eaten by birds and small mammals. White Wood Asters can grow to a height of 3 feet and spread vigorously by rhizomes. Shearing the plant to 6 inches in early summer produces a more compact plant.

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White Woodland Aster (Aster divaricatus) is one of the first Asters to bloom. The bright white flowers with yellow disc centers appear in late summer to brighten the late season shade garden. Dark colored stems contrast beautifully with the white flowers, and the deep green foliage looks great all season. Plant it with early blooming woodland flowers for season-long interest. Asters are particurily beneficial to late season pollinators when so many other flowers have finished blooming. The seeds are consumed by winter songbirds.Names: The species was originally named Aster divaricatus by Linnaeus in 1753, however, all the new world asters, formerly in the genus Aster, have now been reclassified, most into the genus Symphyotrichum; several, like this species, to Eurybia. The genus Eurybia is from two Greek words - eurys meaning 'wide' and baiso, meaning 'few', alluding to the few wide-spreading ray florets. The species name, divaricata, refers to the 'spreading' or 'growing in a straggling' habit. Asters in the Eurybia genus have disc florets with long tubes and funnelform to campanulate throats.

The delicate, airy clouds of white wood aster are a must-have for every fall garden. This lovely aster is among the first to bloom in late summer. Small, white, daisy-like flowers with yellow centers that fade to red are borne atop dark green to black stems. This perennial groundcover grows 1½-2½’ tall in filtered shade to full shade in neutral to slightly acidic soils. Eurybia divaricata is a vigorous grower and is a favorite for attracting wildlife. It is a good candidate for use on the woodland edge or in the naturalistic garden. White wood aster is especially attractive poking through other plants such as Polygonatum biflorum, Osmundastrum cinnamomeum, Solidago caesia, Tiarella cordifolia, and Asarum canadense.Eurybia divaricata (White Wood Aster) is an upright, bushy perennial boasting flat-topped clusters of small starry white daisies with pink to yellow centers in late summer and fall. Blooming for weeks, the flowers are quite small, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), but they are produced in such great quantities that they literally cover the plant. Borne at the tips of thin, nearly black, cascading branches, they are quite attractive to butterflies. The leaves are about 3 in. long (7 cm), heart shaped, and coarsely toothed. One of the few asters that tolerates shade, White Wood Aster can be used at the edge of woodlands or placed at the front of the border. (Source: www.gardenia.net)

 

 

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