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Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve (L.) A.& D. Löve
Smooth blue aster, Smooth aster
Synonyms: Aster laevis
USDA Symbol: SYLAL3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The stout, leafy stem of this perennial grows 2-4 ft., with dark-green foliage that is smooth on top and rough underneath. The attractive and numerous pale-lavender flowers with yellow centers occur in large, open heads atop the stems.
Variety laeve occurs in the eastern part of the range of S. laeve; there are three other varieties.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Green Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
ME to Yukon, s. to GA, LA, SD, NM, UT, n. ID & n.e. OR Native Habitat:
Open woods; dry to mesic prairies USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Variable.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Birds.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds , Butterflies
Larval Host: Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
PropagationDescription: Sow seeds, 5/8 deep, outside in fall or provide cold stratification. Also propagated by softwood cuttings taken in late spring or by separating strong, outer rhizomes from large clumps.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2012-08-01
Research By: TWC Staff