Symphyotrichum puniceum

Common name: Swamp Aster

Native plant

Swamp Aster has light to dark purple flowers with yellow centers that are on the large size for an aster.  It is a fast growing, water-loving plant.  As with all asters, it blooms late summer to early fall, lasts for about 2 months, and attracts a wide range of bees, butterflies and other pollinators looking for their last bit of nectar and pollen for the season.  Lower leaves can turn brown during hot summer months, so this plant works best in the background of plantings.

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Plant Details

Plant type

Forb

Soil type

Moist Mesic, Wet

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Fall

Urban environment

Road-side/Salt Tolerant, Yards that Flood

Habitat

Prairie Grasslands, Wetlands

Growth form

Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate

Fast

Flower color

Light Purple

Fall color

None

Size

Mature height
6 Feet
Mature width
3 Feet
Max height
8 Feet
Max width
5 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Pollinator hot spot

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