Symphyotrichum patens / Late Purple Aster


With rays of sky blue to deep purple, this aster blooms in upland meadows and dry open woods in late summer. Soft, downy foliage. Spreads in average to dry soils. Pairs well with Showy Goldenrod.

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′ – 4′     Blooms: September, October

Siting: Average to dry, sun to part sun

Deer Resistance: Medium

Provenance: NJ


BONAP 2022 Symphyotrichum patens Native Range Map

Larval Host Plant (butterflies):
Pearl Crescent

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

Additional information


Quart, Cube, Quart