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Green Landscaping: Greenacres

Native Plants of the Great Lakes

North Branch Restoration Project Seed Book

Aster Laevis / Family: Asteraceae
Smooth Blue Aster, Swink/Wilhelm #9

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FLOWERING: Early September to early October.

SEED TIMING: Mid-October to November.

HABITAT: Dry to wet prairie and wood edges.

DIAGNOSTIC FEATURES: 1 - 3 feet. Leaves are smooth, mostly toothless, thick, stiffish, and partly encircle the stem. Flower is delicate, blue with yellow disk. There are many flower heads.

TO PICK: As with all Asters, each seed or achene has a cottony pappus attached. Entire head can be picked when one seed is fluffy. The rest will ripen in an open brown bag.


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