Aster cordifolius

Blue Wood Aster

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Mary Gregory Stokes’ Aster is a somewhat weedy native evergreen perennial with  sharply toothed heart shaped foliage that forms a basal rosette.  Slightly arching branched stems sport clusters of soft blue daisy-like flowers with yellow centers from late summer into fall.  Grows best with full sun and well-drained soils.  Good drought and heat tolerance.  Also known as Symphyotrichum cordifolium.

Type: 

Perennial

Height: 

2' - 5'

Spread: 

1.5’ - 2'

Spacing: 

1.5'

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

3 - 8

Culture: 

Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color: 

Blue

Season of Interest: 

SummerFallYear-Round

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Low Maintenance.  Some susceptibility to powdery mildew, rust, and leaf spot.  Aster wilt may occur in poorly drained soils.  Taller stems may need to be staked.  
LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersNaturalized AreasWoodland GardensRock Gardens, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS:  SalviaDianthusPhlox

Image: StenAster-cordifoliusCC BY-SA 3.0

 

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