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Symphyotrichum laeve [= Aster laevis]

Smooth Blue Aster, Smooth American-aster

Scientific Name:

Symphyotrichum laeve [= Aster laevis]

Genus:

Symphyotrichum

Species Epithet:

laeve

Common Name:

Smooth Blue Aster, Smooth American-aster

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow, Blue, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Mesic hardwood forests. Very rare in the NC Mountains and Piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S1: Critically imperiled, S2: Imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

SR-P: Significantly Rare: Peripheral (*Key)

Notes:

Bluish-purple ray flowers and yellow disk flowers. Cultivars available.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

https://nc.audubon.org/conservation/bird-friendly-communities/bird-friendly-native-plants

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/find_a_plant/?q=Symphyotrichum+laeve

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/symphyotrichum/laeve/



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