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Symphyotrichum laevis

Smooth Aster

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Symphyotrichum laevis (Smooth Aster)

This fall beauty has an erect, slender habit. Leaves are variable in size and shape, but are generally narrow and up to four inches in length. The flowers are borne on open panicles of numerous heads. Smooth Aster occurs on dry, open sites and does well in natural gardens, dry prairies and in containers.

Additional Information:
The Maskawki Indians burned this plant for its aromatic smoke which could be a stimulant to revive the unconcious.


Height
24-48 Inches

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Spread
12-18 Inches

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
Blue


USDA Hardiness Zone 4-6

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis), Cliff Goldenrod (Solidago drummondii)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

UPL

Nature Attracting

Butterfly

Root

Fibrous

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture

Average

Special Uses

Fresh Cut Flower
Containers

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

Wildlife Benefit

Butterfly Nectar