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This is the white aster that in late summer can blanked a field in three feet of snowy white. It is a second and third-year plant.

If you plow a field and then let it go fallow, late summer the second year it will be overwhelmed with these woody plants growing three or four feet in height. The snows and spring rains break help to break down the fibrous first growth set and it makes a nice mulch for the following, third year. On the forth year, there are still patches of asters but they no longer control the entire field. If the field is brush-hogged or mowed, you will now have a pasture again. If allowed to continue without disturbance you will have patches of buck brush and trees; Oak, Hickory, Osage orange, Walnut, Cherry and Honey-Locust depending on soil, terrain & surrounding woods.


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