Symphyotrichum sericeum - Silky Aster
Silky Aster (Symphyotrichum sericeum) is a herbaceous clump-forming perennial with one or more crooked stems, and alternate elliptic leaves that are covered with fine hairs. The upper stems terminate into one or more flowerheads that consist of wide-spreading, purple petals with yellow centers. Its common name comes from the fine hairs that cover both sides of its leaves, and lie flat to create a silvery green, delicate, silky appearance.
Soil Moisture: Dry, Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Height: 1' - 2'
Spread: 1' - 2'
Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: September, October
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies, Pollinators
Symphyotrichum is a genus of over 100 species of mostly perennial and some annual flowering plants, and are commonly referred to as Asters. All of the species are native to the Americas, except one that is native to eastern Eurasia. Individual species vary greatly in plant size and flower development depending on their growing conditions, and the genetic diversity within each species is quite considerable. Asters have composite flowers, which means their central circle consists of many disk flowers (reproductive flowers) and ray flowers (petal-looking flowers on the circle's edge that attract pollinators).
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