Golden-aster (Heterotheca villosa) single bloom
Golden-aster (Hairy golden-aster)
Heterotheca villosa
Aster family - Asteraceae

Growth habit: Sprawling low-growing perennial

Height: 15 - 60 cm

Spread: 30 - 50 cm

Bloom Time: July - August

Bloom Colour: Yellow

Light: Full sun

Moisture: Dry, drought-tolerant

Soil: Average to poor, well-drained.

Seeding: Germinates easily and tends to have a high germination rate. Seed indoors in early spring, or direct seed in late fall outdoors, or in early spring. See the Plant Info page for more detailed information on growing from seed.

Landscape uses: Useful groundcover for hot, dry, sunny locations. Does not like to be overshadowed by other plants and does not transplant well because of a woody taproot. Small seedlings will usually transplant well. Suggested spacing for planting is 25 cm.

Interesting features: Golden-aster is not a true aster although it is a member of the aster family. True asters have blue and purple flowers.

Natural habitat: Dry, open, sandy areas.

Ecology: Attracts a wide variety of native bees and other pollinating insects.