Sky Blue Aster
This native to the tallgrass prairies of the Great Plains is covered with gorgeous sky-blue flowers with yellow centers on many branches of dark stems with blue-green foliage. This flower is adaptable to many soil types and moisture availability. Hardy and easy to grow this late season bloomer is a great addition to butterfly gardens. Also known as Aster azureus.
As a late-season source of both pollen and nectar, asters provide the last opportunity to for many bee colonies to forage. Aster pollen serves as an important late season food source for a variety of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators including the next generation of bumblebee queens foraging prior to entering winter dormancy.
Rate: 1 oz./125 sq.ft.
Bloom time: Late Summer-Fall