Symphyotrichum oolentangiense (Riddell) G.L. Nesom
Skyblue aster, Sky blue American-aster
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: SYOO
A 1-3 ft. aster with flower head arranged in an elongate spreading cluster. Each flower is made up of 10-20 pale-lavender rays surrounding a yellow center. Lower leaves are elongate and somewhat heart-shaped.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple , Violet
Bloom Time: Sep , Oct , Nov
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , LA , MI , MN , MO , MS , NE , NY , OH , OK , SD , TN , TX , WI
Native Distribution: W. NY to AL, w. to MN, e. KS & TX
Native Habitat: # Found at edges of woods, in open woods and prairies, and along roadsides; dry, sandy or rocky sites.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Drought Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Mesic to dry, average soils.
Conditions Comments: Sky Blue Aster has numerous spreading flower branches with flowers on long stalks that bloom late summer to fall. The flowers have deep blue to lavender petals surrounding a yellow disk that are especially appealing to gardeners and butterflies. Plant in average, dry to moist, well-drained soil in full sun.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: No
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Sow seeds, 5/8 deep, outside in fall or provide cold stratification. Also propagated by softwood cuttings taken in late spring.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Suppliers DirectoryAccording to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Ohio Prairie Nursery - Hiram, OH
American Native Nursery - Quakertown, PA
Prairie Nursery - Westfield, WI
* Available Online from Wildflower Center Store
BibliographyBibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
Bibref 281 - Shinners & Mahler's Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas (1999) Diggs, G. M.; B. L. Lipscomb; B. O'Kennon; W. F...
* The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Symphyotrichum oolentangiense in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Symphyotrichum oolentangiense in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Symphyotrichum oolentangiense
MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-12-09
Research By: JMS