Symphyotrichum lateriflorum (Calico aster) Seed
Calico aster Description:
Symphyotrichum lateriflorum, commonly known as calico aster or late purple aster, is a herbaceous perennial plant native to North America. It typically grows to a height of 1-4 feet and has a bushy, upright habit.
The leaves of Symphyotrichum lateriflorum are alternate, lance-shaped, and toothed. The flowers are small, daisy-like, and arranged in panicles or clusters at the tips of the stems. They bloom in late summer to early fall, and can vary in color from white to pink to purple.
Symphyotrichum lateriflorum prefers moist, well-drained soils and can tolerate partial shade to full sun. It is a valuable plant for pollinators, attracting bees, butterflies, and other insects with its nectar-rich flowers. It is also used in ecological landscaping and as a native plant in gardens and naturalized areas.
calico aster is found in the central and Eastern United States. In Minnesota, this plant is found mostly in the central and northern regions.
Standard Plant Information:
Plant Height: 1' - 4'
Bloom Time: August - October
Preferred Habitat: Does well in part shade to full sun in average to moist soil. Often found in woods, thickets, floodplains, and fields.