This woodland aster produces lavender flowers in the fall. Pair it with Elm-Leaved Goldenrod in a partly shaded garden to provide an abundance of resources for pollinators in the fall. Supports several species of specialist Andrenid bees.
Bees, butterflies, flies, caterpillars
3 to 8
2 to 3 ft.
1 to 3 ft.
Dry Soil, Medium Soil
August, September, October
Good for grouping and massing in shaded native plant beds.
Care and Maintenance
May need to be staked when in bloom.
Pest and Diseases
Susceptible to powdery mildew and aster wilt. Insects, deer, and rabbits consume foliage.
Establishment and Propagation
Best started by seeds in flats, then transplanted. Seeds need 30 days of cold, moist stratification. Can be transplanted in early spring or fall.
Alternative Plant Selections
Heart-Leaved Aster, Calico Aster
Illinois native statewide
Herbaceous plant that often leans to one side when in bloom. Can spread from rhizomes to form colonies.