- Common Name(s):
- Smooth aster
- Herbs, Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
Smooth Aster is a herbaceous perennial that may grow 2 to 4 feet tall. The leaves alternate and are egg-shaped with a smooth margin. The leaves partly encircle the stem. Violet to blue flowers with a yellow center mature in early September to early October. The herb produces a dry, one seeded fruit (achene) tipped with red bristles.
Regions: Mountains, Piedmont
Seasons of Interest:
Bloom: Fall; Fruit/Nut/Seed: Winter
Wildlife Value: Host plant for the Pearl Crescent butterfly. Flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. Songbirds and small mammals eat the seeds. Members of the genus Symphyotrichum support the following specialized bees: Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) asteris, Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) asteroides, Andrena (Cnemidandrena) hirticincta, Andrena (Cnemidandrena) nubecula, Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) placata, Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) simplex, and Colletes simulans.
- 2-4 ft.
- Flower Color:
- Blooms in fall September-October with showy lavender purple blooms
- Seed, self seeds easily
- Full sun to partial shade
- Moist to Dry
NCCES plant id: 3171