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Smooth Aster
Symphyotrichum laeve

Smooth Aster produces blue to purple flowers in fall, grows to a medium height, and prefers dry to medium soil in partial shade to full sun.

USDA symbol: SYLA3

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height3 to 4 feet
Light ExposureSun
Soil MoistureDry
Bloom ColorBlue
Smooth Aster (Smooth Aster<div><em class="small">Symphyotrichum laeve</em></div>)
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Tolerances

Flooding / Inundation ToleranceLow
General Resilience7
Salt ToleranceMedium
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant, Fire Tolerant

Pollinator Value: Very High

Bloom MonthsSeptember to October
Larval Host ofBees
Specific Pollinators HostedNumerous bee species
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Stem Nesting, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeSandy or Engineered Soils, Shoreline Buffer
Coefficient of Conservatism6
Herbivore SensitivityLow
LifespanPerennial
Rate of SpreadMedium
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal

Range

CountyAnoka, Becker, Beltrami, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Douglas, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Hubbard, Itasca, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Koochiching, Lac qui, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Marshall, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nobles, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Renville, Rock, Roseau, Sibley, St. Louis, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Todd, Traverse, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Wilkin, Winona, Wright, Yellow Medicine
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands