Symphyotrichum laeve
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Hardiness Zone: 4-8 Height: 1.5-3 feet; 0.45-0.9 metres Spread: 1-2 feet; 0.3-0.6 metres Sun: Full sun to part sun Water: Dry to medium Wildlife: The nectar and pollen of the flower heads attract bees, flies, butterflies, and skippers. Larval host of the Pearly Crescent (Phyciodes tharos). Seeds are a favourite of various birds and small mammals. Bloom Colour: Blue, purple Tolerates: Drought Culture: Easily grown in full to part sun in average well drained soils. Smooth Aster is easy to cultivate in gardens if taller and more aggressive plants are kept away from it. Noteworthy Characteristics: Smooth Aster is one of the most attractive and long-lived of all the asters. It puts on a fabulous floral display producing clusters of dainty blue flowers long after most flowers are finished. A favourite stopping spot for butterflies, Symphyotrichum laeve does well in just about any well-drained soil. Garden Uses: Mixed border, native garden.