White asters are a must-have in your garden because they bloom in late summer and fall. See these 13 best white asters for your fall garden.

In March, when fall is almost here and the last summer flowers are starting to fade, the asters, known for their late-season flowers, begin to bloom. Asters come in many colors, but are there any that are white?

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What Is White Asters Flower?

What comes to mind when you think of the color white? You might think of a bride in a white dress or the cold of snow and ice. Like many other flowers, the aster flower has different meanings and symbols. White flowers in modern culture, such as the white aster, symbolize spirituality, innocence, purity, and faith.

White aster flower plants are a favorite in the garden because they have beautiful flowers, but they can be challenging to select. Similar to cattleya trianae, the flower head of the Aster, which looks like a daisy, is in the shape of a star. It has wide white varieties in size, shape, color, and bloom time.

White Asters Flower Features 

All native asters are perennials with alternating leaves and typically conspicuous base leaves. Most species have fibrous root systems; others have rhizomes (underground store stems) or stolons (above-ground root stems) and may be vigorous spreaders. Self-seeding is another method of dispersal used by certain plants.

Components of flower heads are as follows:

  1. Petal-like ray flowers might be white, pink, blue, or purple.
  2. Tubular disk blooms that are typically yellow. In certain species, up to 300 disk florets may be packed within the circular flower head. The disk flowers are perfect (bisexual, containing both male and female components) and fertile.
  3. In certain species, the ray flowers are pistillate (female) blooms that may be pollinated and produce fruits, whereas, in others, the ray flowers may be sterile.

What Does the Flower Aster Look Like

Symphyotrichum ericoides (L.) G.L. Nesom
Symphyotrichum ericoides (L.) G.L. Nesom

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The aster is a common flower found in the wild and has been admired by people for hundreds of years. The word “aster” is derived from the Greek word “star,” which is also where the name “asterisk” originates. This translation is easy to remember because the flower’s petals are shaped like stars.

Varieties of White Asters Flower

There are wide varieties of white aster flower plants, so choosing the best one for your yard might be challenging. Size, shape, color, and bloom duration vary widely among the white aster cultivars. Here are some different kinds of white asters.

  1. Dahlia White Aster

  2. Flat-Topped White Aster

  3. White Panicle Aster

  4. White Woodland Aster

  5. Small White Aster

  6. Hairy White Oldfield Aster Plant

  7. Aster Alpinus White

  8. White Wood Aster Plant

  9. Small White Aster Wildflower

  10. China Aster White Flower

  11. Native White Asters

  12. White and Purple Asters

  13. Pink and White Aster


  1. Dahlia White Aster

Dahlia White Aster
Dahlia White Aster

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Do you want to know about a flower back in the 1800s?

White pompon dahlia Dahlia White Aster dates back to the 1800s. Between 1 and 2 inches broad, the cream-white spheres of petals bloom throughout the summer and fall until the first frost of October.

  1. Flat-Topped White Aster

Flat-Topped White Aster
Flat-Topped White Aster

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‘Parasol Whitetop,’ Doellingeria umbellata or tall white aster, is a US native perennial suitable for  Zones 3 to 8 and has a flat-topped white form. There are no pointed petals, and the petals are white rather than blue or purple. For outdoor planting situations where you need a little additional time before your plant blooms each season, this variety’s flowers endure more than other asters.

If you’re interested in outdoor planting, these flowers are for you!

  1. White Panicle Aster 

White Panicle Aster
White Panicle Aster

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An aster with panicle stems, the White Panicle Aster is a white aster. Like begonia amphioxus, inflorescences of this species have tiny, flat-topped heads of blue and white flowers. The white blooms, which resemble stars in the summer, are named “stars” because they are formed like stars rather than have weeping stalks.

  1. White Woodland Aster 

White Woodland Aster
White Woodland Aster

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One of the first Asters to bloom is the White Woodland Aster, or Aster divaricatus. In late summer, the bright white flowers with yellow centers show up to brighten the shade garden. The white flowers look great against the dark stems, and the dark green leaves look great all season.

  1. Small White Aster 

Small White Aster
Small White Aster

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Many flower heads have white rays and a yellowish to pinkish disk in the middle. Most flower heads are clustered on one side of widening branches on a smooth, purple-tinged stem. Asters with small flowers are common in eastern North America, and it can be hard to tell them apart.

  1. Hairy White Oldfield Aster Plant

Hair White Oldfield Aster Plant
Hair White Oldfield Aster Plant

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Symphyotrichum pilosum, often hairy aster is a hardy perennial native to the United States that thrives in Zones 4 to 8. This kind of wildflower spreads rapidly into the wild, and as a result, it is frequently referred to as a weed. While strewn over a field, it provides a bright and cheery backdrop.

  1. Aster Alpinus White

Aster Alpinus White
Aster Alpinus White

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What a pretty flower for the garden!

Early in the season, beautiful white daisies cover Aster Alpinus White flower. They do well in containers and rock gardens, and Aster flower seed is thought easy to grow. Aster Alpinus doesn’t live very long, but if the spent flowers aren’t cut off, it will send out its seeds.

  1. White Wood Aster Plant

White Wood Aster Plant
White Wood Aster Plant

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White wood aster is a must-have for every fall garden because of its soft, airy clouds. This lovely aster is one of the first late summer flowers to bloom. They are small white flowers with yellow centers that turn red as they age and grow on dark green to black stems.

White wood aster, also known as Eurybia divaricata, multiplies and is often used to attract wildlife. It would work well on the edge of a forest or in a naturalistic garden.

  1. Small White Aster Wildflower

Small White Aster Wildflower
Small White Aster Wildflower

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Small white aster wildflower (Aster vimineous, now called Symphyotrichum vimineous) and its many native types bloom in this area at this time of year. As its common name suggests, each of this species’ flower heads is very small, and the ray florets (petals) are white. The yellow disk in the middle turns red or purple as it ages.

  1. China Aster White Flower

China Aster White Flower
China Aster White Flower

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Callistephus chinensis is a non-native aster plant known as the China aster white flower. Same as trachyandra tortilis, it likes wet, rich, well-draining soil in full sun to partial shade. Summertime is a particularly appealing time to see them because of their full bloom.

  1. Native White Asters

Native White Asters
Native White Asters

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White heath aster, or the native white aster flower, is a perennial plant with many branches that can spread out or grow. The stalks may or may not be hairy. It looks like a skinny plant with many small leaves like needles all along the flower stems.

  1. White and Purple Asters

White and Purple Asters
White and Purple Asters

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“Purple Burst” is a type of China aster (C. Chinensis) grown in a garden and is suitable for gardeners in Zones 3 to 9. It is an annual plant that is not native to the area. The flowers are beautiful and come in many different colors.

This flower blooms in early summer and does best in full sun with soil rich in organic matter and drains well. Sow this small, low-growing eye-catcher in a pot by itself or with an early-blooming bright yellow plant-like coreopsis.

  1. Pink and White Asters

Pink and White Asters
Pink and White Asters

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Side-flowering or white-woodland asters (Symphyotrichum lateriflorum), a perennial US native,  thrive in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 8. Despite their small size, these blossoms will brighten any garden bed or border.

In this cultivar, you may find aphid and mite resistance and disease resistance to powdery mildew (which can spread if not controlled).

What Does White Flowers Mean?

White flowers signify respect and modesty, innocence and purity, or sympathy for someone who has died. Depending on your local florist’s chosen flowers, a bouquet of white flowers can be bold and bright or soft and humble. To know deeply about flowers, here are some gardern quotes  to give you the inspiration to put life in your garden.

Are Asters Good Cut Flowers

Aster plants worked well as laxatives when mixed with bloodroot and other plants. Today, they make beautiful cut flowers, primarily when used as fillers, because their flowering stems have many branches and beautiful colors.

How Long Do White Asters Flower Last

Most of the time, white asters are used as decorations, so it makes sense that they should last a long time. Well, aster flowers usually last between 6-7 weeks, depending on how well you take care of them. Just as alocasia black velvet, it will last ten weeks if you put it in a vase and give it enough sunlight.

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Does a White Asters Flower Come Back Every Year?

Perennial white asters thrive in full sun and well-drained soil. Planting white asters in the spring will produce blooms in the fall. White asters will return the following year since they self-seed if allowed to grow ultimately.

How Often to Fertilize White Asters Flower  

During the growth season, feed asters once a month. Instead of using slow-release fertilizer, you may add it to the potting mix when you plant the seedlings. Immediately remove wilting blossoms. Also, avoid the noon light by planting your asters in a spot that isn’t directly in the sun’s rays. White Asters like a cool temperature that will help the plant will go to seed, and its flowering time will shorten dramatically.

Where Do Aster Flowers Grow

China Aster Flowers
China Aster Flowers

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Asters grow best in places with cool, wet summers and cool nights. They also do best in full to partial sun. They don’t like the midday sun in warmer zones because it’s too hot. Give these plants a lot of water when you plant them.


White asters are like a “palette” between the fading colors of summer and the bright colors of fall. If you’re like me, a garden full of white flowers that shine during the day and sparkle at night is a peaceful place to be.

If you plant white aster flowers today, you’ll soon want to add a garden bench or gazebo to enjoy the view entirely. Read more home improvement and gardening blogs on Guy About Home today!

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