Family: Asteraceae

Scientific Name: Solidago ptarmicoides

Common Name: Upland White Aster


Upland Aster (Solidago ptarmicoides) awild flower found growing in well drained average to dry sites.  Produces a plethora of small daisy-like white flowers.

Plant TypePerennials Hardy, Wild Flowers
Hardiness Zone3-8
Sunlightsun, mostly sunny, some shade
Moistureaverage, dry
Soil & Sitedry sandy or rocky prairies, bluffs, rocky open woods, rocky outcrops, drought tolerant
Flowerssmall, white aster-like, 10-20 petals (ray flowers), corymb
Fruitclusters of seed with white fluff
Leavesnarrow, pointed, smooth to rough
Dimensions1-2 by 1-2 feet
Maintenancecan be cut flush to the ground, deadhead to prevent seedlings
Propagationseeds, division
Native Sitecentral North America
Misc Facts"Although it has aster-like white ray petals, this plant has goldenrod-like foliage, and it is reported to hybridize in the wild with other goldenrods but not with other asters." (#270), AKA: white goldenrod, White Aster, Upland White Aster, Sneezewort Aster, Upland White Goldenrod
Notes & Reference#144-Missouri Botanical Gardens web site (, #191-Minnesota Wild Flowers (, #270-North Carolina Extention Gardener Tool Box (
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