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Symphyotrichum oolentangiensis (azureus)

Sky Blue Aster

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Symphyotrichum oolentangiensis (azureus) (Sky Blue Aster)

This shorter aster is usually less than three feet tall and is an excellent late bloomer for the mixed border. Loads of blue flowers with yellow centers bloom in fall. The foliage is blue-green and stems are dark. Butterflies love the nectar.

Additional Information:


Height
24-36 Inches

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Spread
18-24 Inches

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
Blue


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-6

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida), Sideoats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula), Fragrant Sumac (Rhus aromatica), Willow-leaved Sunflower (Helianthus salicifolius), Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

UPL

Nature Attracting

Songbird

Root

Fibrous

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture

Moderate
Average

Special Uses

Fresh Cut Flower

Sun Exposure

Full Sun
Medium Sun/Average Shade

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Butterfly Nectar
Food/Birds