Creeping Goldenaster (Heterotheca)

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.
Zones4 - 9
Deer Resistant
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Rabbit Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Water Tolerance
Mature Height 1-2" tall
Mature Spread12-15" wide
Bloom TimeSummer
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

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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1-2" tall x 12-15" tall. Heterotheca jonesii (Creeping Goldenaster) is a rare native groundcover that forms a summertime carpet of golden-yellow flowers over a grey-green mat of tiny leaves. Evergreen, it will add interest even in winter. Found in habitat in a limited area of southwestern UT, the plant has proven to be widely adaptable to the western US. This little plant makes a great companion for other taller, drought-resistant native perennials, such as beardtongues and sages.

Flat of 32 plants will cover 32-40 square feet when planted together

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Associated SKUsHC016149
HC014093 (Plant - 2.5" Pot) - Out of stock.
HC015709 (Tray of 32) - Out of stock.
Common Name
Creeping Goldenaster
Botanical Name
Heterotheca jonesii
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Mature Height
1-2" tall
Mature Spread
12-15" wide
Bloom Time
Ships As
Potted Plant
Evergreen Foliage
Soil Type
Average Soil, Sandy Soil, Clay Soil
Soil Moisture
Waterwise, Average
Deer Resistant, Native, Groundcover, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Evergreen, Rabbit Resistant
Ideal Region
Western Only, Coastal California, Suitable Above 7000 ft
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Native To
North America
Ships To Canada
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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