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Common name: Western Aster
Scientific name: Aster occidentalis
Duration: Perennial
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower)
Habitat: Moist habitat to seasonally dry, full sun to partial shade.
Blooming period: Midsummer to frost
Color: Purple rays with yellow disk flowers in center
Height: 1-2'
Planting Time: Fall to Spring; no stratification required

One of the best autumn flowers. Extremely adaptable and dependable up to 4,500 ft. Expect masses of showy, bright, daisy-like, blue to purple flowers with yellow centers. A critical fall nectar source for Checkerspot butterflies and other species of butterflies and bees. Clipping spent flowers (dead-heading) is recommended to increase bloom time and if volunteers not desired.


Updated scientific name: Symphotrichum spathulatum var. spathulatum Aster, from the Greek word meaning a "star." This refers to the appearance of the radiate flower heads. occidentalis, means "western."

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