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  • Appearance: Smooth aster is a herbaceous perennial plant that typically grows between 2 and 5 feet tall. It has a clumping growth habit and upright stems. The leaves are lanceolate to elliptical in shape, with smooth edges and a dark green color. The plant produces numerous small, daisy-like flowers with lavender to violet petals and yellow centers. The flowers bloom in late summer and fall, providing a burst of color to the landscape.

  • Habitat and Range: Smooth aster is native to North America and can be found in a variety of habitats, including prairies, meadows, open woodlands, and roadsides. It thrives in well-drained soil and is tolerant of different soil types. Smooth aster has a wide distribution across different regions of North America, including parts of the United States and Canada.

  • Ecological Importance: Smooth aster is highly valued for its ecological contributions. The late-season blooming flowers are an important nectar source for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators when many other plants have finished flowering. It also serves as a host plant for butterfly larvae, supporting their life cycle. The plant's dense growth habit provides cover and nesting sites for small wildlife.

  • Garden and Landscape Use: Smooth aster is appreciated for its ornamental qualities and is often cultivated in gardens and landscapes. It is suitable for mixed borders, wildflower gardens, or naturalistic plantings. The plant's attractive flowers and sturdy stems make it a valuable addition to fall gardens or landscapes seeking to support native wildlife.

  • Cultural Significance: Smooth aster does not have significant cultural or historical significance compared to some other aster species. However, asters in general have been associated with meanings such as love, patience, and elegance in the language of flowers. They are often celebrated for their late-season blooms and their ability to attract pollinators.

  • Smooth aster, with its clumping habit, attractive flowers, ecological contributions, and ornamental appeal, is a valuable plant for both natural and cultivated landscapes. Its ability to attract pollinators and its suitability for various garden styles make it an excellent choice for gardens and landscapes seeking to add late-season color and support native wildlife.
  • SPREAD 30-60 CM
  • HEIGHT 60-100 CM

Care Instructions

Different plants have different watering needs. Check the soil moisture by inserting your finger about an inch into the soil. If it feels dry, water the plant until the water drains from the bottom of the pot. Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot.

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