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Symphyotrichum laeve

Smooth Blue Aster

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Description

Smooth blue aster has a very wide range in North America, including Illinois prairies. It can reach a height of 3 feet on unbranched, blue-green stems. The central stem terminates in a panicle of daisy-like, light lavender or light blue-violet flowers that appear in late summer-early fall. The thick, glossy, ovate leaves clasp the stems. It prefers full or partial sun in average, well-drained soil. Provide good air circulation to prevent powdery mildew.

Soil
Moderate
Plant Shape
Upright
Exposure
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
September - October
Bloom Color
Purple
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Butterflies, Native to Midwest
Plant Type
Perennial
Hardiness Zone
4 - 8