Family: Asteraceae

Scientific Name: Symphyotrichum lateriflorus Lady in Black

Common Name: Lady in Black Aster


Lady in Black Aster (Symphyotrichum lateriflorus) is a cultivar of the Calico Aster.  Has small daisy-like flowers with pinkish white flowers and mounded dark pink center. 


Plant TypePerennials Hardy, Wild Flowers
Hardiness Zone3-8
Sunlightfull, mostly sunny
Moistureaverage, moist, dry
Soil & Siteaverage, moist, dry
Flowerssmall, daisy-like, dark buds, pinkish white petals (ray flowers) dark red mounded center, fall
Leavesgreen to dusky purple
Stemsridgid, purplish
Dimensions2-3 by 3 feet (HS). mounding, can be pinched to control height
Maintenancepinching if needed
Misc Facts"Genus name comes from the Greek symph meaning coming together and trich meaning hair in possible reference to the flower anthers. Genus name is a combination of the Latin words for side and flower in reference to the fact that the flowers of this species generally are located on one side of the stems, hence the sometimes used common name of side-flowering aster"
Notes & Reference#144-Missouri Botanical Gardens web site (, #203- North Creek Nursery (
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