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Aster laevis

Pronunciation: Ass-ter lee-viss
Family: Compositaceae
Common Name: Aster
Plant Type:
  • perennial
Height to: 3'
Width to: 4'
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • -20 to -30ºF ZONE 4
  • -10 to -20ºF ZONE 5
  • 0 to -10ºF ZONE 6
  • 10 to 0ºF ZONE 7
  • 20 to 10ºF ZONE 8
  • 30 to 20ºF ZONE 9
Notes for Identification:

Introduction: Aster laevis is a sturdy branching perennial that reaches a height of 6 to 18 inches. The grey-silver leaves of smooth aster have a fine texture, and light blue daisy-like flowers appear on the plant in the late spring, summer, and fall. The smooth aster is not especially showy but has been proven to be reliable. General information plant type: herbaceous usda hardiness zones: 4b through 9a planting month for zone 7: year round planting month for zone 8: year round planting month for zone 9: year round origin: native to florida uses: mass planting; edging; attracts butterflies; cut flowers availability: somewhat available, may have to go out of the region to find the plant description height: 2 to 3 feet spread: 2 to 4 feet plant habit: upright plant density: symmetrical habit with a regular (or smooth) outline and individuals having more or less identical forms growth rate: fast texture: fine foliage leaf arrangement: alternate leaf type: simple leaf margin: entire leaf shape: lanceolate leaf venation: none, or difficult to see leaf type and persistence: deciduous leaf blade length: 2 to 4 inches leaf color: green fall color: no fall color change fall characteristic: not showy flower flower color: lavender flower characteristic: summer flowering; fall flowering fruit fruit shape: unknown fruit length: unknown fruit cover: unknown fruit color: white fruit characteristic: inconspicuous and not showy trunk and branches trunk/bark/branches: typically multi-trunked or clumping stems current year stem/twig color: green current year stem/twig thickness: thin culture light requirement: plant grows in full sun soil tolerances: acidic; slightly alkaline; sand; loam; clay; drought tolerance: moderate soil salt tolerances: unknown plant spacing: 18 to 24 inches other roots: not applicable winter interest: no special winter interest outstanding plant: not particularly outstanding invasive potential: not known to be invasive pest resistance: long-term health usually not affected by pests use and management the flowers of smooth aster can be cut for flower arrangements, as they last several days indoors. The plant performs well as an edging in the landscape or in a group planting. It makes a nice component in a mixed border. This perennial requires full sun and a well-drained soil. Aster laevis is drought tolerant. Smooth aster is propagated by softwood cuttings or by division. Pests and diseases no pests or diseases are of major concern.

Source: U. S. Department of agriculture, cooperative extension service, university of florida, ifas

butterfly nectar source for: american painted lady, american snout, black swallowtail, common checkered skipper, common sulphur, orange sulphur, painted lady, question mark, red admiral, sleepy orange

caterpillar host plant for: pearl crescent 

USDA Heat Zones (days above 86ºF):
  • Less then 1 day ZONE 1
  • 1 to 7 days ZONE 2
  • 7 to 14 days ZONE 3
  • 14 to 30 days ZONE 4
  • 30 to 45 days ZONE 5
  • 45 to 60 days ZONE 6
  • 60 to 90 days ZONE 7
  • 90 to 120 days ZONE 8
Seed photo: 0
Seed Label: 1
Located in: Perennials
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