Aster laterifolius 'Snow Flurry', Aster pansus 'Snowflurry', Aster sedifolius 'Snow Flurries', Aster 'Connecticut Snow Flurry' and Aster 'Snow Flurry'



Common name/s ?

Heath aster 'Snow Flurry' and white aster 'Snow Flurry'.

Skill rating



North America.

Type of plant ?

Deciduous, herbaceous perennial.

Hardiness zone ?

RHS zone


EGF zone


USDA zone


Eventual size

To 50cm height by 1m spread.

Growth rate ?

Moderate, will reach full size in 2 to 5 years.

Shape it grows into

Forms mounds of foliage and flowers.

Season/s of interest

Flowers in autumn.

Where to grow it

Happiest in full sun.
Prefers well drained soil.

Happy in any soil type, except clay soil, and any pH. Prefers a moderately fertile (nutrient-rich) soil. Will tolerate exposed conditions, but won’t thrive in a north facing position.

Aster ericoides f. prostratus 'Snow Flurry'


Small green leaves appear in mounds on rigid stems which, in the autumn, become awash with small, white, daisy-shaped flowers with yellow centres.

What to use it for

A great choice for late summer/autumn colour in beds and borders, where it can provide effective ground cover or edging. A good choice for a wildlife garden as both birds and butterflies enjoy the nectar from Aster flowers. The sprays of flowers may be cut for flower arranging.

How to look after it

To support the rigid stems, you may need to stake the plant in spring as the new growth appears, gradually raising the support as the plant grows higher (putting the support in early means that the plant will grow through it and help disguise the stakes).

Benefits from being divided; if you wish to keep the plant as vigorous as possible you can do this annually.

How to prune it

You can deadhead through the flowering season if you wish, to keep the plant looking tidy. In autumn, once the flowers have faded, cut the whole plant down to ground level.

In late May you can carry out the ‘Chelsea chop’, pruning back your aster to promote a greater number of flowers, later flowering and a more compact plant.

How to propagate it

Asters should be divided regularly to keep them vigorous, and this will also provide additional plants for free. Divide the crowns with a spade or two forks back to back in spring; you can separate them into single shoots to be replanted separately. They should flower in the same year.

Seeds can be collected in the autumn and sown in spring at 15°C. They should germinate in a fortnight and flower after two years’ growth. Cultivars may not come true from seed.

Basal shoot cuttings can be taken in spring, or stem cuttings if there isn’t sufficient basal material. They should be rooted in a propagator or mist bench, hardened off and grown on in a cold frame.

Common problems

Asters are susceptible to powdery mildews and wilts. They may also be infested by strawberry mites, aphids, caterpillars, froghoppers, chrysanthemum eelworms and slugs.

Other useful information

The name ‘Aster’ derives from the Latin for ’star’.

One legend explaining why it received this name (other than because of the star like shape of the flowers) is that the plant arose when the Greek goddess of justice, innocence and purity, Astraea, looked at the earth and cried because she couldn’t see any stars. The aster flower then grew out of the soil where her tears fell.

This Aster has been given the Award of Garden Merit by the RHS.