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ASTER LAEVIS | Smooth Blue Aster

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From the Greek, "Aster" in reference to the shape of the flower and its bracts. At least 200 species are found across North America with dozens in the Tallgrass Praire region alone.

Also known as Symphotrichum laevi. Smooth Blue Aster is found throughout the Tallgrass Prairie region in a dizzying array of habitats from marshes to woodlands. Aster colonies frequently cover large areas. Often quite striking in color, the asters bloom from July through the first hard frost.

Sun Exposure               Prairie, Savanna
Soil Moisture Wet Mesic, Mesic, Dry Mesic 
Bloom Time Spring, Summer
June, July, August, September
Bloom Color Blue
Max Height 4 feet
Wetland Code UPL
Germ Code  A
Seeds Per Packet  750
Seeds Per Ounce   55,000

 

Several tribes used the smoke from burning aster plants to assist in reviving persons who had fainted. Some other Native American tribes brewed a tea from aster plants to relieve headaches. In our area, the Meskwaki would make a smudge from Aster laeteriflorus to treat insanity.

Edible Uses: Unknown

Medicinal Uses: Unknown

Herbal Uses: Unknown

 

 

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