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Clasping Aster Symphyotrichum patens

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Phonetic Spelling
sim-fy-oh-TRY-kum PAT-ens
Description

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 in 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.

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 the incidence of foliar diseases.

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#butterflies#showy flowers#fall flowers#wildlife plant#nectar plant#low maintenance#fall interest#cottage garden#highly beneficial coastal plants#NC native#dry soil tolerant#rock garden#woodland
 
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#butterflies#showy flowers#fall flowers#wildlife plant#nectar plant#low maintenance#fall interest#cottage garden#highly beneficial coastal plants#NC native#dry soil tolerant#rock garden#woodland
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Symphyotrichum
    Species:
    patens
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southeast USA
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts bees and butterflies
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
  • 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:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Description:
    Blue to violet rays with yellow centers.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Black
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Dry Soil