Starting early spring, the heart-shaped leaves of Eurybia divaricata are growing across the woodland floor, tucked in and around tall trees and shrubs. White wood asters are able to handle partial to thick shade and dry to slightly moist soils. While Eurybia is a colonizer, spreading by rhizome and by seed, Eurybia divaricata never seems over crowded. They grow in and around other plants quite peacefully. For this reason, they make an excellent ground cover. Starting in early May, their foliage will emerge and persist low to the ground. By late September through October Eurybia divaricata is setting an abundance of blooms. Their flowers are a classic composite flower with white ray petals and yellow disk flowers which fade to a reddish-pink later in the season. They attract late-season pollinators, like beetles and butterflies, an abundant food source. By winter, their still-standing seed heads will provide many songbirds, like goldfinches and juncos, a mid-winter treat.