Symphyotrichum laeve (Smooth blue aster)

Formerly Aster laevis. Native rhizomatous perennial with pale blue to purple flowers, blooming from July to October. Widely adapted, occurring on various soils in moist woods to dry open prairies and grasslands up to 9,500 ft. elevation. Often dominant under stands of quaking aspen. Use for mixedgrass and tallgrass prairie restoration and roadsides. Preferred by whitetail deer. Pollinated by late-season butterflies.

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INFORMATION & ATTRIBUTES

Family: Asteracea

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Forb/herb

Native Status: Native

Growth Form: Rhizomatous

Mature Height: 48 in.

Bloom Color:Purple

Bloom Period: Mid Summer

Annual Precipitation: 20-35 in.

Drought Tolerance: Medium

Shade Tolerance: Intolerant

Elevation:

Wetland Indicator Status:

Fire Resistance: No

Fire Tolerance:High

Nitrogen Fixation: None

SOIL ADAPTATION

Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: No

Salinity Tolerance: None

CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium

pH Range: 5.8-7.8


SEEDING NOTES

Seeds per Pound: 1,014,000

Seeding Rate:  PLS lbs/acre

Season:

Days to Germination: 10-15


VARIETIES & LOCAL ACCESSIONS

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