Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Smooth Aster

Symphyotrichum laeve
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Prairie
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Blue, Lavender, Purple
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Butterfly / Moth Host, Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

2 to
3
feet

Spread:

16 to
20
inches
Size
Height: 2 to
3
feet
Spread: 16 to
20
inches
Size
Height: 2 to
3
feet
Spread: 16 to
20
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Establishment and Care Instructions
Needs full sun, very adaptable to soil type and moisture levels. Try growing this aster almost anywhere, as long as it is a sunny spot. Grows well in dry-medium and even damp soils.
Special Features
Special Usage
Fresh Cut Flower
Basic Description

Large, pyramidal heads of bright, sky-blue, flower clusters are held on strong stems in late summer/early fall. A fairly early-blooming aster. Foliage is very attractive, deep blue-green, forming basal clumps. A long-lived aster.

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