Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Symphyotrichum laeve - Smooth Blue Aster


Formally - Aster laevis

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

Symphyotrichum laeve

Visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website to view the natural range of Smooth Blue Aster.
 Black background used in Roger Dahlins photograph enhance the color of this native wildflower
Smooth Blue Aster - Roger Dahlin

Wildlife Significance

Symphyotrichum laeve

Oligolectic Bees –
are bees that are very particular as to what plant family they gather their nectar and pollen. False Sunflower is such a plant for several bees: Andrena accepta, Andrena aliciae, Andrena helianthi, Pseudopanurgus rugosus .

Host Plant - Pearl and Northern Crescent, Various Checkerspots, Painted ladies.

Annual Host Plants - Hollyhocks are also host plants for Painted ladies.

Nectar Source -Skippers, Butterflies: Painted Ladies, Monarchs and Sulphurs.Wasps, flies, moths and beetles provides late fall food for bees (long-tongued and short-tongued)

Queen Bees -
Queen Bumble bees visit asters to build up their food reserve enorder to survive the winter.

Pollen Source -
Bees, flies, beetles

Deer -
Enjoy this plant

For detailed information on this plant visit the Illinois Wildflower website.
Seed Provenance - Symphyotrichum laeve - Smooth Blue Aster Nodding Onion Gardens 2013 - present. Prairie Moon Nursery - Winona, MN - 2012
 The flowers on the Symphyotrichum leave appear immature compared to the visiting Bumble Bee
Giant Bumble Bee visiting Smooth Blue Aster

Cultivation Information

Smooth Blue Aster

Height - 18 inches
Flower Color - Pink
Blooms - August to October
Sun- Part to full
Hardy Zone - 3 to 9
Soil - Average

Family - Asteraceae
Little tiny bug enjoying beautiful blue flowers of this native aster
Stunning Smooth Blue Aster - Fall 2018
A long flowing gardend of Smooth Blue Asters
Aster laevis - Smooth Blue Aster