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Waitt, Damon E.
Symphyotrichum oolentangiense (Riddell) Nesom
Skyblue aster, Sky blue American-aster
Synonyms: Aster oolentangiensis, Aster azureus
USDA Symbol: SYOO
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple , Violet
Bloom Time: Sep , Oct , Nov
AL , AR , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , LA , MI , MN , MO , MS , NE , NY , OH , OK , SD , TN , TX , WI Canada: ON 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. USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
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
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 Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Ohio Prairie Nursery
- Hiram, OHAmerican Native Nursery
- Quakertown, PA
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Record Modified: 2012-12-09
Research By: JMS