Aster Smooth Blue

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Symphyotrichum laeve

Smooth Blue Aster is a much beloved native plant that blooms with blue-purple flowers in late summer and early fall, adding visual interest and color to any garden. As a hardy and low-maintenance plant, it thrives in various growing conditions and plays a crucial role in local ecosystems as an essential food source for pollinators.

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Aster Smooth Blue Summary

  • Aster Smooth Blue is a popular variety of aster that produces a profusion of small, daisy-like flowers in a vibrant shade of blue.
  • The flowers are typically borne on long, branching stems, and the plants can grow to be up to 3 feet tall.
  • Aster Smooth Blue is a relatively easy plant to grow, and it is a great choice for both beginner and experienced gardeners alike.
Appearance
  • Aster Smooth Blue plants have a mounding habit and produce a dense foliage of dark green leaves.
  • The flowers are typically about 1 inch in diameter and have a yellow center.
  • The blooms appear in late summer and early fall, and they can last for several weeks.
Why to Plant Aster Smooth Blue
  • The flowers are beautiful and attract butterflies and other pollinators.
  • The plants are relatively easy to grow and care for.
  • Aster Smooth Blue is a long-blooming plant, so you can enjoy its beauty for weeks on end.
  • The plants are drought-tolerant and can withstand hot weather.
Interesting Facts
  • Aster Smooth Blue is native to North America.
  • The plant is named for its smooth, rayless flowers.
  • Aster Smooth Blue is a member of the daisy family.
  • The plant is used in some traditional herbal remedies.
How to Germinate Aster Smooth Blue Seeds
  1. Sow after danger of frost ¼” deep into finely raked soil.
  2. Keep moist until established.
  3. Germination 10-20 days at 60-70F.
  4. Can be sown indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost.
Additional Tips
  • Aster Smooth Blue plants prefer full sun or partial shade.
  • The plants need well-drained soil.
  • Water the plants regularly, especially during hot, dry weather.
  • Fertilize the plants lightly every few weeks with a balanced fertilizer.
  • Deadhead the spent flowers to encourage new blooms.
Conclusion
  • Aster Smooth Blue is a beautiful and easy-to-grow plant that is perfect for any garden.
  • If you are looking for a plant that will add color and interest to your garden in the late summer and early fall, then Aster Smooth Blue is a great choice.
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Product Details
Symphyotrichum laeve

Data sheet

Water Needs:
Low, Low/Moderate
Light:
Full Sun, Full Sun / Partial Shade, Partial Shade
Zones:
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Growth Cycle:
Perennial
Soil Type:
Chalky Soil, Clay Soil, Loamy Soil, Sandy Soil, Well Drained, ALL Tolerant of most soils
Edible:
Yes, with caution
Color:
Blue
Height:
e: Up to 1.5 Feet, f: Up to 2 Feet, g: Up to 3 Feet
Growing Instructions:
Sow after danger of frost ¼” deep into finely raked soil. Keep moist until established. Germination 10-20 days at 60-70F. Can be sown indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost.
Special Features:
Butterfiles and Pollinators, Cut Flowers, Fodder/Wildlife/Shelter, Medicinal Value
Growth Rate:
Moderate

Specific References

UPC
810071361449
MPN
ASB500
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