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Aster cordifolius 'Avondale'

Blue wood aster / syn. Symphyotrichum cordifolium

This selection of the native wood aster is a prolific bloomer. Clouds of blue flowers bloom in early fall extending the season of interest in your garden. Butterflies love the nectar and it is also an important pollen plant for native bees. Naturalizes under trees, beautiful in the border or at the woods edge. Beautiful and long-lasting as a filler in autumn flower arrangements!


North Creek Unique™ - This unique assortment has been discovered or introduced to the trade and shared with the world by North Creek Nursery. 

Benefits

  • Pollen and nectar attract butterflies and native bees
  • This selection of the native wood aster is a prolific bloomer
  • Late flowering will extend the season of beauty in your garden
  • No serious pest or disease problems
  • Deer tend to leave this plant alone
  • Great cut flowers for fall arrangements

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Plant in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil. You can control height and promote a fuller habit by pinching back the stems several times before mid-July.


Height
18-24 in

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Spread
18-24 in

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Native Range

Upland meadows and forests.

Native Trivia

There are an amazing 4,000 species of native bees in North America making them the most important group of pollinators. Habitat loss is affecting their numbers. Building a nesting box for bees is fun family project that will help native bees do their important work in your backyard.

Good Companions
Oxeye Daisy (Heliopsis helianthoides), Mountain Witchalder (Fothergilla major), Greg's Mist Flower (Conoclinium greggii)

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Deer Resistant
Plan Sub Group
Medium Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Heavy clay
Humus-rich
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist but well-drained
Bloom Time
Fall
Late Summer
Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Dry Shade
Native Habitat
Forest
Grassland
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Border
Container
Cut or dried flower
Drought tolerant
Erosion control
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Native to
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