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Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve ‘Bluebird’

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Bluebird Smooth Aster

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A Mt. Cuba Center Plant Introduction.Ranked as the #1 aster in a study at Mt. Cuba Center, Bluebird smooth aster (Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve ‘Bluebird’)  produces abundant, violet blue flowers on 3-4’ tall stems as fall color begins in the surrounding forest. It has attractive, slightly glossy, bluish-green foliage that is virtually pest free. Bluebird smooth aster thrives in full sun to light shade with a broad tolerance of soil types and moisture levels. It makes an excellent perennial border specimen, meadow component, or used in mass plantings. Some good companions include little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), broomsedge bluestem (Andropogon virginicus), black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida), Big Umbrella sweet-scented Joe-pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum‘Big Umbrella’), slender goldentop (Euthamia caroliniana), Fireworks wrinkle-leaf goldenrod (Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’), and swamp sunflower (Helianthusangustifolius). Formerly known as Aster laevis ‘Bluebird’. Zones 4-8. 


‘Bluebird’ was discovered in 1988 in a Guilford, Connecticut garden as a spontaneously occurring seedling. It was first introduced to the trade in 1994. 

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  • Sun/Shade Conditions
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
  • Flowering Period
  • Soil PH
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
    blue-green, green 
  • Other Scientific Names

    Aster laevis ‘Bluebird’

  • Fall Foliage Color
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown, tan 

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