Smooth Blue Aster Symphyotrichum laeve


Smooth blue aster gets its name from its smooth leaves. Many other asters (and many other prairie plants in general!) have leaves that are rough to the touch. Smooth blue aster is a lovely late bloomer that is right as home complimenting the golden colors of the goldenrods that bloom at the same time.

Many pollinators are attracted to its flowers, including the Silvery Checkerspot and the Pearl Crescent butterflies for which it is a host plant.

Life Cycle: Perennial
Size: 4 feet
Sun: Full, Partial
Soil: Medium-Wet, Medium, Medium-Dry
Bloom Time: August-October
Advantages: Pollinator Favorite Bird Favorite: Habitat, Food Source Highly recommended for home gardens