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Symphyotrichum laeve, Smooth Blue Aster

Symphyotrichum laeve 

Smooth Blue Aster

  • Average to slightly wet or slightly dry soils
  • Full Sun to Light Shade
  • 48” tall, 18” to 24” spacing
  • Late Summer to Fall Blooms
  • Ontario Native, Thrives in Garden, Open Woodland, Meadow and Dry Meadow Ecosystems

A relatively new addition to the city garden and the rural meadow, these Asters matured and bloomed in their second year and were an immediate hit with pollinators. The bumblebees were particularly active and easy to spot on their light purple blooms through September and into early October. 

Upright and bushy, these would fit well into garden and meadow settings and don’t seem to mind dry soils or a bit of light shade. A lovely, pollen rich addition to the late summer and fall garden, alongside New England Asters and Goldenrods as well as late blooming Wild Bergamot and prairie grasses


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Species that were not sown / aren't being sown for 2023 are marked with an * 
Species that are native to this continent, but not historically native to Ontario are marked with a ~ 
While it rarely comes up, I do reserve the right to limit plant quantities, mostly to help ensure that as many native plant gardens as possible become a reality
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