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Hairy golden aster forms a bushy clump with many stems. Sprays of bright-yellow, spicy-scented flowers bloom for 3 to 4 months during summer and fall. The stems and narrow, gray-green leaves are moderately covered with white hairs. The plant is variable in terms of stem height and number of flower heads. Its native range extends from Indiana to New Mexico and California, so it's an ideal addition to dry, sunny gardens and fields. It thrives in sandy, average to poor soils as long as they are well drained. 


  • Prefers full sun.
  • Grows 8-20" tall and 1-2' wide.
  • Grows in well-drained, sandy or poor soils. Drought tolerant.
  • One-inch flowers with 10-35 yellow petals and a small, yellow center disk bloom June-October. Center disk gives way to tufted seeds.
  • Lanceolate leaves are 1-3" long.


Wildlife Value: Bees, butterflies, flies, wasps, and beetles visit for nectar and pollen. Asters are host plants for 112 species of Lepidoptera larvae.


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Aster, Hairy Golden, Heterotheca villosa

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