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Short's Aster
Symphyotrichum shortii

Short's Aster can be found in dry woodlands and savannas of Southeast Minnesota.

USDA symbol: SYSH

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height1 to 4 feet
Light ExposurePart Sun, Shade
Soil MoistureDry, Medium
Bloom ColorBlue, Purple
Short's Aster (Short's Aster<div><em class="small">Symphyotrichum shortii</em></div>)
Photo credit: Minnesota Wildflowers (Click to enlarge)

Tolerances

Flooding / Inundation ToleranceModerate
General Resilience7
Salt ToleranceMedium
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant

Pollinator Value: Medium

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

Project Planning

Project TypeBoulevard, Rain Garden, Shoreline Buffer
Coefficient of Conservatism6
Herbivore SensitivityLow
LifespanPerennial
Rate of SpreadMedium
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal

Range

CountyFillmore, Houston, Winona
EcoregionDriftless Area, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Lakes and Forests, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland