Symphyotrichum oolentangiense (Aster oolentangiensis)
Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry). Drought tolerant.
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 1-4 feet
Bloom Color: Blue – Lavender
Bloom Season: August – October
Suggested Uses: Sky Blue Aster is beautiful! It is a great plant for dry, rocky soils. It has delicate pale lavender-blue flowers that bloom in the fall. Attracts beneficial insects and is an excellent source of nectar for bees and butterflies.
Native Range: Native to the Great Lakes and Central U.S. (roughly down the Mississippi River Valley, from Minnesota to Louisiana). Native to central and southeastern Minnesota.
Pollinators: Bees, butterflies and moths. High-value nectar source for adult monarch butterflies.
Flower: Composite, daisy-like. Flowers are smaller than other asters, about 3/4″ in diameter. Purple ray flowers and yellow-orange disk flowers.
Leaves: Basal leaves are heart-shaped, upper stem leaves are lance-shaped.
Other names: Aster azureus
More information: USDA plant profile