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Soil: Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Part Sun – Shade
Height: 3 feet
Color: Light lavender – blue
Bloom: August – October
Suggested Uses: Heart-leaved Aster is a nice plant for woodland shoreline restoration. Heart-leaved Aster tolerates drier soils and is a great addition to plantings in dry, open woods, including under evergreens. It is a good source of nectar for bees and butterflies.
Native Range: Native to the eastern half of North America, including Minnesota.
Pollinators: Bees and butterflies. It is the host plant for the pearl crescent butterfly (Phyciodes tharos).
Flowers: Many small flowers (1/2″ diameter) form in clusters at the top of the plants. The centers (disk flowers) are an off-white color.
Leaves: Leaves are large, heart-shaped, toothed.
Other Names: Common Blue Wood Aster.
More information: USDA plant profile
Salt Tolerant, Attract Bees, Attract Butterflies, Woodland Plants