A hybrid aster developed at Chicago Botanic Garden, this clonal selection resulted from a cross made in 2002 with the groundcover Aster ericoides 'Snow Flurry' as the seed parent. The pollen parent was supposed to be a different aster species, but ‘Bridal Veil’ does not show any of the traits of the other putative parent; therefore, ‘Bridal Veil’ is either a self-pollination of the seed parent, or perhaps a hybrid with another Aster ericoides selection, several of which were being grown nearby. Regardless of its parentage, 'Bridal Veil' produces fine-textured branches that initially are arching, become horizontal, and then turn pendulous as the growing season progresses, resulting in a very graceful horizontal-weeping habit by the time the plant comes into bloom. Densely branching over time, the selection covers itself in ½"-wide white flowers, with its peak bloom in early October. Taller than ‘Snow Flurry’, and denser growing and more weeping than other full-sized A. ericoides selections, 'Bridal Veil' will grow to 2' tall by 4.5' wide.
Drought tolerant and powdery-mildew resistant, but susceptible to occasional deer and rabbit browsing, like all A. ericoides selections. For well-drained soils and full sun. Use in the perennial border; in prairie, meadow, or other naturalistic plantings; cascading over rocks or walls; or on a slope. This selection has excellent salt tolerance, and so can be sited by walks and roadways.
USDA Zones 5 to 8. Introduction #CG08-002. Developed by Dr. Jim Ault at Chicago Botanic Garden. Note: most of our native asters have been renamed to other genera. Aster ericoides is now known as Symphyotrichum ericoides. We are listing this selection with both names until these nomenclature changes become better known by the horticulture industry.
Retail availability in 2014.
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