Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve
Symphyotrichum laeve (L.) Á. Löve & D. Löve var. laeve
Smooth Blue Aster, Smooth Aster
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Aster falcidens, Aster laevis, Aster laevis var. falcatus, Aster steeleorum
USDA Symbol: SYLAL3
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: 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 , BC , MB , NB , NL , NS , ON , QC , 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
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)
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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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.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College, The - Valhalla, NY
BibliographyBibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright
Bibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-01-20
Research By: TWC Staff