Smooth Aster

Botanical Name: Symphyotrichum laeve

Height: about 70 cm, often less in poor soils

Season of bloom: September

Growing Conditions: Full sun. Clump-forming; does not run.

Wildlife benefits: All the late-season native asters are important food sources for native bees and other pollinators.

From Ottawa Valley or eastern Ontario sources: No. This species occurs in the Ottawa Valley but our seed was originally wild collected on the Bruce Peninsula

Seeds: Germination Code: C(30) – cold, moist stratify for at least 30 days.

Remarks: One of the best wild asters for gardens, and one of the easiest to distinguish with smooth waxy leaves.

Similar species: Heart-leaved Aster. Silky Aster, Sky-blue Aster

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