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botanical name:
Symphyotrichum turbinellum
Symphyotrichum turbinellum © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Prairie Aster
synonyms:  Aster turbinellus
family:  Asteraceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 1.20m
width: 0.60m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: blue-green
flower colour: lilac
stem/bark: purple & green
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -39°C
USDA zone: 4 to 10
Clumps of bushy, bluish-green foliage with slender purple-tinted stems. In autumn produces abundant airy panicles of small, pale lavender-violet flowers with yellow centres.

Moderately fertile soil in sun. Unfussy, hardy and easy to grow
Cut back hard in early winter or spring, before the new growth..

By seed or division.

Wild appearance, good for "prairie" or "steppe" type plantings. Mixes well with grasses.

Attractive to insects.

other notes:
Native to the prairies of central North America.


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