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Common Name: Pacific Aster 

Scientific Name: Symphyotrichum chilense

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Disturbed land restoration

~Wildflower mixes

~As a pollinator

Height: 1 - 2 feet

Colors: White to light purple or pink

Flowering Season: Fall

Elevation: Below 2,000 ft

Soil Types: Most soils

Tolerances: Moderate drought and cold

Sun or Shade: Full sun

Minimum Precipitation: 12 - 16 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 0.25-0.5 lbs/acre

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 1,000,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall

Planting Depth: Surface - 1/8 inch deep

Category: Forbs



Pacific Aster is a rhizomatous forb characterized by its distinctive lavender flowers that bloom during the fall season. This versatile species exhibits significant variability and is well-suited to a range of environmental conditions, including different soils and precipitation zones. Its habitat spans coastal regions, extending from southwest British Columbia to Southern California, particularly thriving at elevations below 2000 feet.


It is typically found in locations such as roadsides, banks, open fields, dry or semi-wet meadows, and disturbed sites. Notably, Pacific Aster is moderately drought-tolerant and cold-tolerant, making it well-suited for a range of climates.


Given its adaptability and ecological benefits, Pacific Aster serves as a valuable resource in various environmental applications. It is particularly useful in wildlife or pollinator enhancement plantings, contributing to the preservation of biodiversity. Additionally, its inclusion in disturbed land restoration projects, native prairie restoration initiatives, meadow gardens, and erosion control efforts.



NRCS Plant Profile:

NRCS Plant Fact Sheet: 8


Photo Credit: John Rusk 

Pacific Aster


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