Aster, Smooth (Blue)
|Plant Height||3-4 Ft.|
|Seed Count||850,000 Seeds per LB|
|Botanical Name||Symphyotrichum laeve|
|Environment||Full Sun to Partial Shade|
|Pollinator Value||Very Good|
Smooth Aster is found in the eastern half of North America where it blooms late into the year, commonly outlasting the early frosts of the fall. Its lavender-blue flowers can be seen from September-October and in some cases into November. Growing from 1-3 feet in height, it gets its name from its smooth leaves, which are uncommon compared to most asters. Occupying prairies and open woodlands, it tolerates many soil conditions but prefers well drained soils and full sunlight. This perennial is easy to grow and can be long lived if not overcrowded with competition. It attracts pollinators and butterflies when in bloom and is consumed by deer in its early stages, making it a great component of native gardens and conservation plantings.