Symphyotrichum laeve - Smooth Blue Aster
Smooth Blue Aster (Symphyotrichum laeve) is a hardy and usually unbranched perennial. It is distinguishable from other asters mainly by the lack of hairs on its stems and smooth deep blue-green foliage. Its alternate ovate leaves become smaller the further up the plant, and clasp their stems. The central stem terminates into a panicle of flowerheads with lavender-blue rays surrounding a yellow central disc that turns reddish later in the season. It is a long-lived plant with resilient blooms that continue to provide color even after a hard frost.
Soil Moisture: Dry, Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Height: 2' - 4'
Spread: 1' - 2'
Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8
Bloom Color: Lavender, Blue
Bloom Time: August, September, October
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies, Pollinators
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