Symphyotrichum oblongifolium (Fall Aster)
If you are creating a wildlife habitat, planting a Fall Aster is a must. This tough perennial may be easily overlooked until the fall when it provides an explosion of bright purple blooms. It is truly a showstopper then. It is adaptable and not fussy about soil, and looks best planted in groupings or surrounded by other perennials. Providing late season nectar for pollinators, Fall Aster is a valuable addition to any pollinator garden.
AT A GLANCE
|Sun to part shade
|Birds, butterflies, bees
|Native bee friendly. Attracts beneficial insects.
|Present in state
|Present in county and native
|Native to North America, but adventive & escaped in state
|Not present in state
|Present and rare, native in county
|Previously present, now extinct
|Questionable presence (cross-hatched, regardless of color)