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Common Blue Wood Aster Aster cordifolius

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Symphyotrichum cordifolium
Phonetic Spelling
ASS-ter kor-di-FO-li-us
Description

Foliage: 2-5 in. broad, heart-shaped leaves with sharp teeth and slender stalks; often deeply notched at base; smooth stems

Flower: Small flower heads in dense clusters; pale blue-violet or white petals; disk turns red; bracts are smooth, narrow, and blunt

Site: Open woods, clearings

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#food source fall#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#food source hard-mast fruit
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#food source fall#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#food source hard-mast fruit
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Aster
    Species:
    cordifolius
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Canada to U.S.A.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Wildflower
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Description:
    Displays from October to November
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Gold/Yellow
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Radial
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Small flower heads in dense clusters; pale blue-violet or white petals; disk turns red; bracts are smooth, narrow, and blunt. Blooms from September to October.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    2-5 in. broad, heart-shaped leaves with sharp teeth and slender stalks; often deeply notched at base
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    Smooth stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds