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Symphyotrichum cordifolium

blue wood aster (Aster cordifolius)

This great shade-tolerant aster adds a perfect touch of color to the woodland garden. In autumn when little else is in bloom, it emerges with clouds of pale blue to purple flowers, seeding itself out readily and serving as a great late-season nectar source for pollinators.

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Height: 12-36 in
Spread: 18-24 in
Hardiness Zone: 3-8


Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Species
Exposure
Sun
Part Shade
Shade
Soil Moisture
Average
Dry
Ecoregion
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
(58) Northeastern Highlands
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
Ornamental Interest
Fall Bloom
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Butterflies
Pollinator Powerhouse Plant
Host Plant
Attracts Songbirds
Attracts Bees
Tolerance
Deer/Rabbit Resistant
Drought Tolerant
Additional Attributes
Low Maintenance


North American Distribution


blue wood aster - Symphyotrichum cordifolium from Native Plant Trust