Symphyotrichum shortii

Common name: Short's Aster

Native plant

Short's Aster, unlike the name suggests, is a medium-sized aster and quite tall for a shade blooming plant.  It reaches heights of 3-4 feet and produces abundant light purple flowers.  As with all asters, it blooms late summer to early fall, lasts for about one to one and a half months, and attracts a wide range of bees, butterflies and other pollinators looking for their last bit of nectar and pollen for the season.

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Plant Details

Plant type

Forb

Soil type

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

Light exposure

Partial Sun / Part Shade, Shade

Bloom period

Fall

Urban environment

Harsh Exposure Tolerant

Habitat

Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate

Fast

Flower color

Light Purple

Fall color

None

Size

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

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Pollinator hot spot

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