Symphyotrichum lanceolatum (White Panicle Aster) [20 Seeds]


Germination Information: I haven’t raised this species from seed myself; I just let my existing plants spread and self-sow as they wish—so I can only present you with a couple of options to try.

One approach is to surface-sow the seeds in a pot in fall to early winter, setting them outdoors in a spot protected from mice so they can get a natural chilling period and then germinate when conditions are right in spring. (The winter-sowing technique works great for these.)

If you sow after January, consider giving the pot an artificial chilling period of about 2 months.

It is also possible that these seeds could germinate if you start them in warm, moist, bright conditions. But if you try that and no seedlings appear after a month or so, then try the artificial chilling period.

Note that this information will not be on the seed packet you receive.

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White panicle aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum, previously Aster lanceolatus or A. simplex) is easy to overlook for much of the growing season, but you can’t miss it in late summer to early fall, when it produces a bounty of yellow-centered, white blooms on 3- to 5-foot-tall stems. It’s a beauty, but be aware that it can spread by rhizomes to form sizeable patches, so it’s best in a meadow or other area where it can expand without pushing out less vigorous perennials. Like the other “little white asters,” it provides a bounty or pollen and nectar, supporting a wide variety of pollinating insects. Native to much of North America; these seeds are from wild plants growing in my meadow here in Bucks County, PA. Full sun to light shade; average to moist soil. Zones 4 to 9.

2022-collected seeds are sold out. I hope to collect again in early November 2023. PA ecotype. Shipping to US addresses only.

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