Symphyotrichum sericeum

Common name: Silky Aster

Native plant

Silky Aster is a shorter aster with silky, silvery leaves that offer a unique addition to the landscape. Flowerheads are light purple and over an inch in diameter. As with all asters, it blooms late summer to early fall, lasts for about 1 month, and attracts a wide range of bees, butterflies and other pollinators looking for their last bit of nectar and pollen for the season.  This plant can be challenging to grow and does not compete well with other vegetation.  Excessive moisture can cause rot and downy mildew on the leaves.  Best grown in dry, full sun areas.

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Plant Details

Plant type

Forb

Soil type

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

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Fall

Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils

Habitat

Prairie Grasslands

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump

Growth rate

Moderate

Flower color

Purple

Fall color

None

Size

Mature height
1 Feet
Mature width
2 Feet
Max height
2 Feet
Max width
2 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Pollinator hot spot

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