A midsized aster with particularly beautiful and large clusters of blue-violet daisy-like flowers with yellow centers from September to October. Leaves are a bright green, sometimes edged with red, and heart-shaped near the ground, narrowing into small lances along the stem and towards the top of the plant. Tolerant of drought, gravelly soil, sand, clay, and shallow or rocky conditions, it can also effectively be used for erosion control, making it a popular plant for steep hillsides. Flowers attract many species of butterfly, and are also an important food source for bumblebees, native bees, and other pollinators in the fall. Important wintertime plant for wildlife and birds, including wild turkeys, ruffed grouse, and tree sparrows.
1.5-3 foot tall
Plant Hardiness Zones: Zone 5a-8b
Native Range: OH south to FL and west to TX, then straight up western edge of range to SD and MN. Also native in NY. Native in Canada in ON. Rare in NY, KY, TN, GA, AL, and SD.
Germination - Easy: Cold stratify 8 weeks
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