Symphyotrichum sericeum (Vent.) G.L. Nesom
Western Silver Aster, Western Silver American-aster, Silky Aster
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Aster sericeus, Lasallea sericea, Virgulus sericeus
USDA Symbol: SYSE2
1-2 ft. The plant has a delicate appearance because of its small, pointed, gray-green leaves and wiry, zig-zag stems. Silky hairs cover the leaves. Blue-violet, solitary flowers with yellow centers.
Once established, this plant tends to form clumps and to self-seed.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: AR , IA , IL , IN , KS , MI , MN , MO , ND , NE , OH , OK , SD , TN , TX , WI
Canada: MB , ON
Native Distribution: Northern MI to s. Man., s. to TN, AR, & e. TX
Native Habitat: Dry, open woods; bluffs; prairies
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Dry soils.
Conditions Comments: Once established, silky aster tends to form clumps and to self-seed.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Larval Host: Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
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PropagationDescription: Usually propagated by seed planted in fall or cold-moist stratified and planted in spring.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Moist stratify 10 weeks at 40 degrees.
Commercially Avail: yes
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 1294 - 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 sericeum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Symphyotrichum sericeum in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-12-09
Research By: TWC Staff