ASTER laevis (Smooth Aster) is a species of perennial herbaceous plant native to North America. It typically grows up to 3 to 6 feet (0.9 to 1.8 meters) tall and 2 to 3 feet (0.6 to 0.9 meters) wide. The plant has a clumping habit, with numerous slender stems that are erect or slightly arching.
Smooth blue aster is smooth to touch. It has lavender blue star shaped flowers. It attracts many species of butterflies including Pearl Crescent butterfly and provide them with ample of nectar. It is extremely easy to grow and requires low maintenance. It can grow in any type of soil. It is a top-rated wild flower. These flowers must be planted in every garden.
The leaves of Smooth Aster are lance-shaped, and are typically 2 to 5 inches (5 to 13 cm) long and 0.5 to 1 inch (1.3 to 2.5 cm) wide. They are smooth or slightly hairy, with toothed edges. The leaves are arranged alternately on the stem.
The flowers of Smooth Aster are produced in clusters at the end of the stems, with each cluster containing numerous small, daisy-like flowers. The flowers are typically blue-purple in color, but can also be pink or white. They bloom in late summer to early fall, and are an important nectar source for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.
After the flowers have bloomed, Smooth Aster produces small, dry fruits called achenes, which are dispersed by the wind. The plant is adaptable to a range of soil types and prefers full sun to partial shade.
Smooth Aster is commonly used in native plant landscaping and restoration projects, as it is a hardy and attractive plant that provides important habitat and food for wildlife. It is also used in traditional medicine for various ailments, including respiratory and digestive issues.
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Scientific name: Aster laevis
Common name: Smooth blue aster
Plant type: Herbaceous perennial
Native range: North America
Full growth height: 2 to 3 feet
Width in across: 2 to 4 feet
Exposure: Full sun
Blooming season: Aug, Sep, Oct
Pollinators: Drought, erosion, dry Soil, shallow-rocky soil
Flower color: Lavender, blue
Tolerate: Deer, drought,
Water requirement: Dry to medium
Soil type: Loam, sandy
Zones: 4 to 8