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Smooth blue aster | Aster laevis

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Plant Species Synonym Names

Scientific: Symphyotrichum laeve

Common: smooth aster

Family

Aster - Asteraceae

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Description

The flowers of this aster are one of the biggest. It blooms profusely and asters are one of the best nectar plants for butterflies. It likes full sun but tolerates some shade. The foliage is a pretty blue-green. It is drought tolerant.

Characteristics

Growth Habit:Herb: Herbs are broad-leaved, herbaceous (non-woody) plant. Herbaceous plants are also known as forbs or wildflowers
Grass: Grasses are herbaceous plants with narrow leaves originating at the base of the plant. Grasses are graminoids.
Tree: Trees are woody perennial plants, usually with a single trunk, relatively tall
Shrub: Shrubs are woody perennial plants with multiple stems, generally shorter than a tree.
Vine: Vines are either woody or herbaceous plants that climb or sprawl.
Herb

Life Span:Annual: Annuals are herbaceous plants that live only one year
Biennial: Biennials are herbaceous plants that live two years, flowering the second
Perennial: Perennials are herbaceous plants that live three or more years
Woody: Woody plants have woody stems that grow more than a year.
Perennial

Mature Height: 4.0'

Mature Width: 3.0'

Flower Color: Blue

Sun Requirement:Full Sun: direct sun 8 or more hours of the day
Part Sun: direct sun 4 to 8 hours of the day; about half a day of sun
Shade: direct sun 0 to 4 hours of the day
Full Sun to Part Sun

Water Requirement:Wet: Soil is soggy or marshy
Moist: Soil tends to stay moist and rarely dries out
Medium: Average soil moisture, little or now slope
Drained: Soil is well drained, never soggy; medium slope
Dry: Soil is dry, often typical of rocky soil; steep slope
Medium to Dry

Companion Plants

Smooth blue asterStiff Goldenrod
Solidago rigida

 

Smooth blue asterDowny Goldenrod
Solidago petiolaris

 

Smooth blue asterTall Boneset
Eupatorium altissimum