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Symphyotrichum laeve

smooth aster (Aster laevis)

Smooth aster boasts purple flowers and metallic blue-gray leaves that are attractive all season long. This drought-tolerant species is a great choice for planting along woodland edges or in patial shade, and attracts numerous pollinators, hosting the Cresent butterfly.

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Height: 12-36 in
Spread: 12-18 in
Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Bloom Color: Purple

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Part Shade
Soil Moisture
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(58) Northeastern Highlands
Ornamental Interest
Fall Bloom
Attracts Wildlife
Host Plant
Attracts Songbirds
Pollinator Powerhouse Plant
Other Pollinators/Wildlife
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Bees
Urban Environment
Drought Tolerant
Additional Attributes
Low Maintenance

North American Distribution

smooth aster - Symphyotrichum laeve from Native Plant Trust
(c) Arthur Haines 2019
smooth aster - Symphyotrichum laeve from Native Plant Trust