Symphyotrichum cordifolium / Blue Heart-leaved Aster


A versatile late summer to autumn bloomer. Thrives along woodland edges, roadsides, and old fields. Hardy and adaptable. Essential for late-season pollinators. Helpful in smothering late-season weeds like stiltgrass.

Aster species are host plants for the Pearl Crescent butterfly, pictured below. Also, a host for numerous moth species, including The Asteroid (fun name!).

Height: 1′ – 3′       Blooms: August, September, October

Siting: Dry to average, sun to part sun

Deer Resistance: Medium

Provenance: NJ


BONAP 2022 Symphyotrichum cordifolium Native Range Map

Larval Host Plant (butterflies):
Pearl Crescent

Larval Host Plant (moths):
Brown-hooded Owlet
Camouflaged Looper
Common Tan Wave
Confused Euscarca
Saddleback Caterpillar
Striped Garden Caterpillar
The Asteroid


Additional information


Quart, Cube, Quart