Aster laevis (Smooth aster)


Type: Forb

Area: Prairie

Height: 1′ to 3′

Bloom Months: Aug, Sep, Oct

Color: White

Sun: Partial Shade, Shade

Moisture: Dry to Mesic

Soil: Loam, Sand

Hosts: Pearl Crescent and Silvery Checkerspot butterflies

Attracts/Benefits: Birds, butterflies and pollinators

Notes:  Also referenced as Symphyotrichum laeve

Photo credit: Prairie Moon Nursery, Sharon Yiesla

12 in stock

SKU: 882 Category:


Description from Prairie Moon Nursery: The leaves on Smooth Blue Aster are indeed smooth to the touch. The similar-looking Sky Blue Aster (Symphyotrichum oolentangiense) has rough leaves, as do many other Asters.  The tough stem often takes on a shade of blue also and will allow Smooth Blue Aster to stand tall during its long late summer to mid fall bloom.  A non-aggressive rhizomatous root system allows the plant to spread slowly.  In a garden setting, Smooth Blue Aster will persist for many years.

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