Latin Name: Symphyotrichum laeve
Facts about Smooth Aster:
Perennial plant that blooms from August to October.
Height: 30 cm to 1 m, Spread: 60 cm to 75 cm
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Prefer dry or moist open areas
Smooth, waxy, almost rubbery bluish-green leaves
Smooth stem Pale blue ray flowers
Disc flowers turn from yellow to purple
Smooth Aster is used for mixed grass and tall grass prairie restoration, and roadside vegetation.
This plant is a forage source for white-tailed deer, and is also consumed by wild turkeys. It has a high nutritional value that decreases with maturity.
It is attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. It provides shelter to butterflies, and is often used in pollinator gardens. It is also a popular cut flower.
Some Native American tribes brewed a tea from aster plants to relieve headaches, and the smoke from burning the plant was used to revive persons who had fainted.