Symphyotrichum cordifolium

Common name: Common Blue Wood Aster

Native plant

Heart-Leaved Asters are usually found in part shade conditions, such as woodland edges and openings.  Plants produce dense clusters of abundant light blue to light purple flowers.  As with all asters, they bloom late summer to early fall, last for about 1 to 2 months, and attract a wide range of bees, butterflies and other pollinators looking for their last bit of nectar and pollen for the season.  Plant height can be reduced by trimming back in late May to early June.  


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade, Shade

Bloom period


Growth rate


Flower color

Light Blue


Mature height
3 Feet
Mature width
2 Feet
Max height
4 Feet
Max width
3 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Pollinator hot spot

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