Heterotheca jonesii

Creeping Goldenaster



Heterotheca jonesii (Creeping Goldenaster) is a fantastic native groundcover that grows to form an evergreen mat of tiny leaves, covered with a summer-long display of bright yellow aster-like flowers. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 4 - 9
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Summer
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Heterotheca jonesii (Creeping Goldenaster) is a fantastic native groundcover that grows to form an evergreen mat of tiny leaves, covered with a summer-long display of bright yellow aster-like flowers. Found in habitat in a limited area of southwestern UT, the plant has proven to be widely adaptable across the western US. This little plant makes a great companion for other taller, drought resistant native perennials, such as beardtongues and sages.
Associated SKUs
HBLAA21 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot)
HBLAA32 (Plant - flat of 32)
Common Name Creeping Goldenaster
Botanical Name Heterotheca jonesii
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Yellow
Mature Height 1-2" tall
Mature Spread 12-15" wide
Bloom Time Summer
Evergreen Yes
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Groundcover, Native, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Evergreen
Ideal Region Western Only, Suitable Above 7000 ft, Coastal California
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Tips On Growing Heterotheca jonesii  (Creeping Goldenaster)

Heterotheca jonesii  (Creeping Goldenaster) is an outstanding western native plant used as a slow growing, evergreen groundcover.

Preferred growing conditions:

  • Grow in infertile (lean) soil types and avoid clay.
  • Plant in full sun and partial sun exposures.
  • Water transplants regularly for the first growing season to establish new transplants; once established, the plant can tolerate dry conditions.
  • It is long blooming. Deadheading is not needed.
  • Fertilize lightly in the fall with Yum Yum Mix.

Special Comments:

  • The plant grows to form an evergreen mat that should not be cut back other than to remove any dead branches at the start of spring.

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Heterotheca jonesii:

    Mine are in smaller spaces among large boulders. They were slow to take hold but are doing well after their first winter. I live in the hills north of Salt Lake City. I plan to order more.

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    I wish this product work but it died fast.


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    Comments about High Country Gardens Heterotheca jonesii:

    The plant didn't look very healthy when I got it and didn't make it. Other plants did well. Could be the particular one I got. It looks beautiful if it would live.

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    Looked nice but only 2 plants survived a mild winter


    from Clay Center, Ks

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    Packaging is great but sometimes they are packaged so tightly the plants can't breathe and arrive at my place moldy or yellow

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    To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

    • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
    • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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