This is a medium to tall aster that has upright arching branches that form an attractive vase shape that does not need staking when grown in the full sun. Extremely hardy, it is a great garden perennial for late summer and fall color, often into November. The profusion of lavender-blue blooms with yellow centers are long lasting and makes a good border plant. Sow to allow plenty of room between plants. It is easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Smooth Aster has leaves that are smooth to the touch. Found in open woods, prairies, disturbed habitats, meadows and fields.
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.
Packet wt.: 120 mg
Seeds per pkt: 1780 approx.
Rate: 1 oz./300 sq.ft.
Bloom time: Late Summer – Fall