Family: Asteraceae

Scientific Name: Aster novae-angliae Wild Light Blue

Common Name: Wild Light Blue Aster

DescriptionA strain of the Showy Aster with light blue flowers.
Plant TypeAll Plants, Perennials Hardy
Hardiness Zone5
Sunlightbest in full tolerates some shade
Moistureprefers moist, tolerates average
Soil & SiteIt is native to the mesic, wet prairie and prefers this type of soil. I have found this to be a fairly adaptable plant.
Flowers1-2" light blue with orange centers, 35-45 petals (rays), flower stalks covered with sticky hairs, fall blooming
LeavesTends to lose the leaves towards the bottom of the stem (naked legs). One suggestion I have heard to prevent this is pinch the plants in May, to keep them a bit shorter. Leaves are larger toward the base of the plant.
Dimensionsdepending on the site 3-5 feet
Propagationdivision, I don't know if this strain will come true from seed
Author's NotesWhen a new addition was put onto Franklin High School, all the spoils from the excavation was dumped on a back field and leveled. Over the past 25 years Mother Nature has reclaimed this site and the Aster has become a member of this community. The soil is in general just junky clay.
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