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Symphyotrichum patens

Common Name(s):
Clasping aster, Late purple aster, Spreading aster
Categories:
Native Plants, Perennials
Comment:

Spreading aster is a native herbaceous perennial in the Asteraceae family. It is found in rocky or sandy open woods and thickets. Its showy, fragrant blue-purple blooms come on August and last through October, blooming after most asters are finished. It is drought tolerant and prefers medium to dry well-drained soil. While it prefers full sun, it does tolerate some shade. It works well in a woodland, butterfly, cottage, or rock garden.

Region: Coastal, Piedmont, Mountain

Wildlife Value:  Flowers are attractive to butterflies.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious insect or disease problems.  Asters can have some susceptibility to powdery mildew and aster wilt. Poorly-drained clay soils and poor air circulation can contribute to this. Improving drainage and good air circulation helps reduce incidence of foliar diseases.

Height:
2-3 ft.
Flower Color:
Blue to violet rays with yellow centers
Zones:
4-8
Habit:
Upright
Exposure:
Full sun to partial shade
Soil:
Dry, well drained
Regions:
Coastal
Origin:
Southeastern US
Tags:
showy flowers, fall blooming, all, highly beneficial coastal plants, low maintenance, nectar, dry soil, wildlife, fall interest, cottage garden, rock garden, butterfly garden, butterflies, woodland garden

NCCES plant id: 3235

Symphyotrichum patens Flowers
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Symphyotrichum patens A bee visiting a late purple aster flower.
Debbie Roos
Symphyotrichum patens Symphyotrichum patens
Debbie Roos