Symphyotrichum laeve (Smooth aster) Seed
Smooth aster Description:
Symphyotrichum laeve, commonly known as the smooth blue aster, is a wildflower species that is native to North America. It belongs to the Asteraceae family, also known as the aster family, and is a member of a large and diverse group of flowering plants that includes sunflowers, daisies, and asters. This plant is a fall-blooming species, with its flowers typically appearing in August and September. The flowers are typically small and blue, with yellow centers, and are borne in clusters at the end of the stems. The plant typically grows to be between one and three feet tall and is well-adapted to a variety of soil and moisture conditions.
In addition to its aesthetic qualities, Symphyotrichum laeve is also ecologically important. As a member of the aster family, it provides important nectar and pollen resources for a variety of insect species, including bees, butterflies, and moths. It is also an important food source for many species of birds and mammals, and serves as a host plant for several species of butterfly larvae. Furthermore, this plant has been used for medicinal purposes by indigenous peoples, with the roots and leaves being used to treat a variety of ailments, including respiratory issues, fevers, and digestive problems.
Smooth aster can be found across most states in the United States. In Minnesota, Smooth aster is found widely across the state in nearly all regions.
Standard Plant Information:
Plant Height: 1' - 3'
Bloom Time: August - October
Preferred Habitat: Does well in full sun. Often found in dry fields, prairies, and open woods.