Aster laevis Bluebird Smooth Blue Aster
Ranked #1 Best Aster in evaluation study
A superior selection of the Missouri native perennial, when Blue Bird Smooth Aster, Aster laevis, is blanketed in intense robin’s egg blue flowers from top to bottom in fall, few plants can compare. Its vase-like form and clean foliage further distinguish this excellent selection of one of our top Missouri native Asters. The laevis‑type Asters, also known as Smooth Asters, are commonly found in glades, open meadows, thickets and roadside banks.
An important late season nectar source for butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Smooth Aster prefers a sunny to part sun location in average soil. Its low water needs and drought tolerance makes it a good choice for dry areas, or anywhere you don’t want to drag the hose. Pretty in meadows, perennial beds, cutting and cottage gardens.
Discovered by the outstanding Mount Cuba Center Botanical Garden, whose mission is to inspire an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and to support the habitats that sustain them. Ranked #1 in an evaluation of Asters at the world renown Mount Cuba Center.
Plant in sunny locations. Although drought tolerant, for best results water during dry spells and when plants are setting up buds and blooming.
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