Smooth Aster

Smooth Aster

Aster laevis

Featured Plant Category: Pollinator Plants

Height: 2 to 3'

Container Size: Quart

Bloom Time: September to November

Bloom Color: Violet

Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry

Soil Type: Average, medium, well-drained., Average, well-drained soil.

Light Requirements: Full sun

Hardiness Zone: 4,5,6,7,8

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Keystone Value: The Aster (Aster) genus supports over 90 species of butterfly and moth caterpillars, providing food for a variety of birds and mammals.

Smooth aster is a lovely perennial typically occurring in prairies, dry open woods, roadside banks and thickets. It gets stunning violet/purple flowers with yellow centers in open, loose clusters in autumn. This makes it a necessary late-season food source for butterflies and pollinators. This plant looks fantastic in borders, cottage gardens and meadows. It is tolerant of drought, erosion, and dry or shallow-rocky Soil. Additionally, aster has no insect or disease concerns, and is extremely resistant to mildew making it an excellent low maintenance addition to any garden!
This species is a host plant for the lovely Pearl Crescent butterfly, pictured above.


Additional information


2 to 3'

Container Size


Bloom Time

September to November

Bloom Color


Soil Moisture

Medium to Dry

Soil Type

Average, medium, well-drained., Average, well-drained soil.

Light Requirements

Full sun

Hardiness Zone


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At Direct Native Plants, we take many precautions to make sure your plants will arrive in the best condition possible.

Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box.

Trees and shrubs are grown in a 7” tall container (referred to as a 1-gallon pot), and depending on the species will be between 12” and 36”. We bag the root section of these plants to prevent them from drying out in transit and ship them in a tall cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: These boxes can be shipped in bundles up to 6. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

Direct Native Plants supports the United States Postal Service, so your plants will ship via USPS Priority Mail. Orders ship out Monday through Wednesday of each week, and depending on how close you are to our nursery in Maryland, shipping will take anywhere from 1-4 business days.

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