Aster - Short's (Symphyotrichum shortii)
An attractive inhabitant of dry woodlands and savannas, Symphyotrichum shortii grows to about 3' in height. Its stems are round and slender. The central stems end in foot-long clusters of compound flowers, each with 10-20 pale blue-violet ray florets surrounding a yellow disk that ages to reddish purple. The leaf margins of Short's Aster are mostly smooth, distinguishing it from most other woodland Asters, which have toothed leaf edges.
Sun Exposure - Partial, Shade
Soil Moisture - Medium, Medium-Dry
Height - 3 feet
Bloom Time - August, September, October
Bloom Color - Blue
Photo courtesy of Prairie Moon Nursery.