February 8, 2023
Eurybia divaricata

Eurybia divaricata or White Wood Aster at Kew Garden

Eurybia divaricata is also known as White Wood Aster, Aster corymbosus, formerly it was known as Aster divaricates. It is part of the Asteraceae family of plants. Eurybia divaricata is a clump-forming herbaceous perennial plant that grows from rhizomes to about 3ft or 90cm. It is native to North America primarily in the Appalachian Mountains in the eastern United States.

Eurybia divaricata
Eurybia divaricata or White Wood Aster at Kew Garden

The Eurybia divaricata leaves are narrow and heart-shaped. The flowers are white with yellow centers that appear in late summer and autumn. The stems that support the flowers are dark, almost black in color creating a wonderful impact. It was originally named in 1820 by Alexandre de Cassini. The name is from Greek ευρυς or eurys, meaning “wide”, and βαιος or baios, meaning few.

Eurybia divaricata
Eurybia divaricata

How to grow Eurybia divaricata:

Grow Eurybia divaricata in the sun or partial shade in somewhat fertile, well-drained soil, almost any type of soil. It requires about 4 hours of sunlight. Propagate by seed or division. Eurybia divaricata is usually disease-free and pest-free there easy to grow. You can cut it back after flowering. You can also cut it down to 20cm or 8in in early spring to make it bushier and increase the number of flowers. It is deer-resistant and rabbit-resistant.

Eurybia divaricata or White Wood Aster
Eurybia divaricata or White Wood Aster

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