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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
description:
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.

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

propagation:
By seed or division.

usage:
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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