Aster cordifolius (Heartleaf aster)


Type: Forb

Area: Prairie

Height: 2′ to 3′

Bloom Months: Aug, Sep

Color: Lavender, Blue

Sun: Partial Shade, Shade

Moisture: Dry to Mesic

Soil: Clay, Loam, Sand

Attracts/Benefits: long-tongued bees, short-tongued bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, skippers, and beetles. Bees are particularly important pollinators of the flowers. Caterpillars of the butterflies Chlosyne nycteis (Silvery Checkerspot) and Phyciodes tharos (Pearl Crescent) feed on the foliage of asters (Symphyotrichum spp.), as do the caterpillars of many moth species.

Notes:  Also is referred to as Symphyotrichum cordifoliumeasy to grow for “native plant newbies”

Photo credit: Prairie Moon Nursery

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Description from Prairie Moon Nursery: Symphyotrichum cordifolium (Heart-leaved Aster) matures to 3′ in height and has light blue flowers. It prefers medium to medium-dry soil conditions, and blooms approximately from September to October.  Heart-leaved Aster grows best in partial shade but will tolerate nearly full shade and nearly full sun.  Also known as Blue Wood Aster, it has wonderful array of blue flowers attracts butterflies and bees, and also makes an excellent cut flower.  Other names are Blue Wood Aster and Aster cordifolius.

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