Symphyotrichum / Aster
Common Name: Aster
Asters are excellent, colorful additions to most gardens, providing an important floral resource in the fall for late-season foraging bees and bees that over-winter, such as new bumble bee queens and female sweat bees.
Nationwide, United States and Canada
Routinely available and easily grown in most parts of North America
Late summer, fall
Full sun, partial shade
Average to wet
Symphyotrichum laeve (smooth blue aster) is a native aster found throughout the U.S. and Canada. It has a lavender-blue hue, blooms August through October in most regions and is commercially available.
Symphyotrichum ericoides (white heath aster) is native to most parts of the U.S. and Canada and is widely available. Flower color of this species can be white, pink, yellow or blue and it blooms August through October.
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster) is found in most parts of the United States, growing naturally in prairie swales and wet meadows. It is considered the showiest of native asters, having many bright purple flowers, and is commercially available.
Numerous long-blooming garden cultivars exist for plants in this genus, such as Monch (Aster X frikartii), which blooms for three to four months, beginning in mid-summer.