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Symphyotrichum cordifolius

Growing Information

Plant Type: Perennial
Sunlight: Partial shade, full shade, full sun
Soils: Medium to medium-dry soil conditions
Bloom Time: Light blue flowers in September, October
Size: 3 feet in height; 1-2 foot spread

Blue Wood Aster has a wonderful array of dainty blue flowers that attract butterflies and bees. It is an excellent fall bloomer in a perennial border when others are starting to fade. It also makes an attractive cut flower and is a great naturalizer at the edge of woods.

Garden Companions

Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Blue-stemmed Goldenrod (Solidago caesia)

Nature Benefits

• Root system is an effective erosion control on hillsides.
• Offers nectar and pollen for butterflies and bees.
• Supports specialist Adrenid Bees.
• Host plant for Pearl Crescent butterfly caterpillars.

Native Habitat

Occurs at the woodland edge, upland meadows, and forests.

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