Symphyotrichum laeve Smooth Blue Aster
Ohio Native Plant Natural Range
Cultivation Information Smooth Blue Aster
Height - 2 to 3 ftFlower Color - BlueBlooms - August to OctoberSun- Part to fullHardy Zone - 3 to 9Soil - Average
Family - Asteraceae
Wildlife Significance - Smooth Blue Aster
Host Plant - Pearl and Northern Crescent, Various Checkerspots, Painted ladies.
Annual Host Plants - Hollyhocks are also host plants for Painted ladies.
Nectar Source -Skippers, Butterflies: Painted Ladies, Monarchs and Sulphurs.Wasps, flies, moths and beetles provides late fall food for bees (long-tongued and short-tongued)
Queen Bees - Queen Bumble bees visit asters to build up their food reserve enorder to survive the winter.
Pollen Source - Bees, flies, beetles
Deer - Enjoy this plant
For detailed information on this plant visit the Illinois Wildflower website.