Aster laevis 'Bluebird' (Smooth Aster)

Violet blue daisy-like flowers with a yellow centre grow on arching stems with smooth blue-green foliage. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms early to mid fall
2.5-3 ft tall x 2-2.5 ft wide
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Tolerant to juglone
Attracts birds, bees, and butterflies
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant
Moderate salt tolerance

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Zone Zone 3
Exposure Full Sun
Moisture Low to Moderate Moisture
Native to Native Cultivar

Tiny dark blue and off-white star-shaped flowers hold a yellow centre. Narrow green hairy leaves make a thick foliage. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late summer to early fall
2-3 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Deer resistant
Attracts butterflies
Drought tolerant
Tolerant to juglone
Moderate salt tolerance

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Vivid daisy-like flowers sporting rosy purple petals that surround a red-orange cone bloom on top of strong stems. Rapid growth rate.

Use as cut or dried flowers. Be sure to keep some flowers in the garden over winter, as the blackened heads provide cold-season garden interest, as well as food for finches and other winter birds.

Blooms mid-spring to summer
2-4 ft tall x 1-2 ft spread
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant

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Small yellow sunflower-like flowers with purple brown centres grow profusely on tall thin stems with sparse thin, dark green leaves. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms mid-summer to early fall
2-6 ft tall x 2 ft spread
Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant

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An abundance of silvery pink plumes that mature to fluffy silvery white rise above arching narrow blades of variegated green with thin white midribs that become a light shade of wheat in fall. Moderate growth rate. 

Blooms mid-spring  
HARDY to -20 °F (-28.9 °C)
6-8 ft tall x 2.5-3 ft spread
Drought tolerant
Tolerant to juglone
Salt tolerant
Deer and rabbit resistant

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Bright yellow, brown cone, leaves covered with bristly hairs, moderate growth rate, blooms early summer to early fall, full sun to partial shade, 2-3 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide.

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Purple-blue flowers, green, sharp-toothed foliage, blooms mid-summer to early fall, attracts butterflies, 4-6 ft high x 2-3 ft wide, full sun

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White flowers adorned with a gold centre on green foliage grow in a compact, bushy habit. Fast growth rate.

Blooms late summer to early fall
0.5 ft tall x 0.5-1 ft wide
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Attracts birds and butterflies
Drought tolerant
Ground cover
Moderate salt tolerance

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White flowers with raspberry centre grow on purple black stems with similarly hued leaves. Moderate growth rate

Blooms late summer to early fall
2-3 ft tall x 3 ft wide
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Tolerant to juglone
Deer resistant
Attracts butterflies
Drought tolerant
Moderate salt tolerance

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