- Hardiness Zone: 4-7
- Mature Height: 2-3' tall
- Mature Width: 2-4' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Spacing: 2-4' apart
- May Benefit & Attract: Wood warblers, finches, sparrows, juncos, wrens, grouse, and turkeys
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
Why the Audubon® Smooth Aster?
A bountiful, breathtaking Spirit that’s smothered in soft lavender-blue blossoms each fall! Smooth Aster’s cheery flowers attract countless bees, butterflies, and other pollinators to your garden. At the same time, the foliage feeds many types of caterpillars and other insects, which in turn sustain bug-eating birds such as wrens and warblers. And, its seeds serve as a late-season treat for sparrows, juncos, and finches; in rural areas, Ruffed Grouse and turkeys may partake as well. You’d want this wonderful native in your garden purely for the beauty of its flowers, but in fact, Smooth Aster offers so much more!
There are many, many species of Asters found around the world. They play important roles in the ecosystems they inhabit, providing substance to insects, birds, and small mammals. Quite a few Aster species are native to North America, like this one. Smooth Aster brightens prairies, open woods, and country roadsides over much of the U.S. and into Canada. Often found in rocky sites, it appreciates good drainage and is fairly drought tolerant once established. You really can’t go wrong with native Asters in the wildlife-friendly garden, and Smooth Aster is one of the best!
How to use in the landscape?
Smooth Aster is one Aster species that is preferred as a host plant by the Pearl Crescent butterfly. This sweet little orange, black, and cream butterfly is a familiar sight in the garden whenever its favorite plants are around!
Why Bower & Branch?
We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.
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Hardiness Zone: 4-7
Mature Height: 2-3' tall
Mature Width: 2-4' wide
Exposure: Full Sun
Spacing: 2-4' apart
How To Plant
Smooth Aster will look its best when a few simple practices are followed. First, be sure to plant it in full sun, in an open space with good air flow, and water it well during dry spells. These things will keep leaf diseases like powdery mildew at bay. Second, cut plants down by half when they reach one to two feet tall. This will produce a bushier plant that is less apt to flop later on. And finally, divide your Asters in spring if performance starts to decline. Just dig up chunks and replant, discarding any weak or woody sections. Cut spend plants to the ground in late winter or early spring.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
Hardiness Zone: 4-7