- Common Name(s):
- Clasping aster, Late purple aster, Spreading aster
- Native Plants, Perennials
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.
- 2-3 ft.
- Flower Color:
- Blue to violet rays with yellow centers
- Full sun to partial shade
- Dry, well drained
- Southeastern US
NCCES plant id: 3235