Symphyotrichum laeve

Common name: Smooth Blue Aster

Native plant

Smooth Blue Aster produces large panicles of light blue to light purple flowers at its terminal end with smaller panicles protruding from axils below. Each individual flower is up to an inch in diameter.  As with all asters, it blooms late summer to early fall, lasts 3 to 4 weeks, and attracts a wide range of bees, butterflies and other pollinators looking for their last bit of nectar and pollen for the season.  It has attractive blue-gray, smooth foliage, and is adaptable to most garden conditions.

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Plant Details

Plant type

Forb

Soil type

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

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Fall

Urban environment

New Construction, Yards that Flood

Habitat

Prairie Grasslands

Growth form

Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate

Moderate

Flower color

Light Blue

Fall color

Yellow Orange

Size

Mature height
3 Feet
Mature width
3 Feet
Max height
5 Feet
Max width
4 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Pollinator hot spot

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