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Symphyotrichum lateriflorum - Calico Aster

Sun Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade, Shade

Soil Moisture: Medium-Wet, Medium, Medium-Dry

Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Loamy-Clay

Height: 2 feet

Spread: 1 - 2 feet

Blooms: August, September, October

Root: Fibrous, Rhizomatous

Habitat: Woodland borders, Moist meadows. This plant is primarily a woodland species, but it often strays into moist sunny areas nearby. It prefers areas with a history of disturbance.

Landscape uses: Pollinator gardens, Meadow plantings, Naturalization, Shady gardens

Complimentary Plants: Blue-stemmed Goldenrod, New England Aster, Black-eyed Susan

Wildlife Value: The florets of Calico Aster have shorter nectar tubes than many other species of asters, and they attract a wide variety of insects, particularly in sunny areas.  Host Plant: Pearl Crescent, Silvery Checkerspot Butterflies, many species of Moths. 

Seed Origin: Wasaga Beach, Ontario

Germination Code: A

Symphyotrichum lateriflorum - Calico Aster