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Barrens Silky Aster Symphyotrichum pratense

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Description

Barrens silky aster is a perennial plant native to the central and southeastern U.S.A. in the Asteraceae (daisy) family.  It is found in meadows, open woodlands, savannahs, pastures, ravines, ditches, and disturbed sites.  Plant it in partial shade in dry soil.  It withstands a wide variety of soil types.  It has showy blue purple flowers that appear in the fall.  This plant easily self-seeds or it can be grown by seeding but it does better with cold and moist seed stratification.  It can also be divided in the early spring or late fall or stem cuttings can be rooted in well-draining medium when there is new tender growth.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fall flowers#purple flowers#blue flowers#disturbed areas
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fall flowers#purple flowers#blue flowers#disturbed areas
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Symphyotrichum
    Species:
    pratense
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central and southeastern U.S.A.
    Distribution:
    AL , AR , FL , GA , KY , LA , MS , TN , TX , VA
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Occasionally Dry
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Flower Description:
    Showy blue purple flowers appear from September-November.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    White
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    Simple elliptical clasping sessile alternate leaves with entire margins. Leaves appear whitish because of many tiny appressed hairs.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland