Common Blue Wood Aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolium) in the Asters Database

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Botanical names:
Symphyotrichum cordifolium Accepted
Aster cordifolius Synonym
Symphyotrichum lowrieanum Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 24 - 36 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 24 inches
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Fruit: Edible to birds
Other: Seeds with little feathers on the ends like dandelions.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Tolerates dry shade
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Stratify seeds: 2 months at 40F (4C)
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Self
Moths and Butterflies
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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