Smooth Aster (Symphyotrichum laeve)
A.k.a. Smooth Blue Aster (Aster laevis). A hardy, late blooming aster with light blue to pale lilac flowers. Tends to remain upright on its own better than other similarly sized asters. Easy to propionate from seed.
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet Mesic, Mesic, Dry Mesic, Dry
Soil Type: Loam, Clay Loam, Sandy Loam, Rocky
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Sep-Oct
Root Type: Fibrous
Notable Wildlife Interactions: Flowers attract bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, and skippers. Hosts insects such as Blatchley’s walkingstick, the wavy-lined emerald moth, and many smaller insects. Tree sparrows and mice eat the seeds. Occasionally browsed by game birds and mammals.