Sky-blue Aster (Symphyotrichum oolentangiense)
A.k.a. Aster azureus and azure aster. As easy to grow as most asters are, with showy flowers that tend toward pale blue or lilac. Tolerant of drought and easy to start from seed.
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Moisture: Mesic, Dry Mesic, Dry
Soil Type: Adaptable
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Sep
Root Type: Fibrous
Notable Wildlife Interactions: Flowers attract bees, flies, butterflies, skippers, beetles, and other insects. Hosts a variety of insects including leaf bugs, grasshoppers, Blatchley’s walkingstick, moths such as the aster borer, and the silver checkerspot and pearl crescent butterflies. Seeds are eaten by sparrows, and foliage is occasionally browsed by game birds and mammals.