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