Blue Wood Aster
Clouds of blue flowers in early fall in shade! A great nuturalizer under trees, at the edge of woods, or as a filler among Hostas and Astilbes, which look pretty rough by September. Found in woods and dry meadows.
Soil Moisture Needs
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Prefers a partially shaded site, but will tolerate sun or shade. Flowering is best
with 3 hours of sun or more. Works well in average, dry or moist soil, but does
not like to be consistently wet.
Plants generally are highly branched with many small flowers, each generally
less than one inch wide. Ten to twenty narrow ray flowers, ranging in color
from dark blue to off-white, surround a yellow center. Although a good deal
of variability occurs, plants usually bear smooth stems and thin, hairly leaves.
The thin, sharply toothed leaves provide the plant with common names such
as Bee Weed and Bee Tongue. Although plants often look bedraggled in the
wild, cultivation tends to make them stand up straight and put their shoulders
back. The lower leaves are heart shaped (cordate), and the upper leaves are
ovate to lanceolate. The small flowers lend themselves to cut flowers,
particularly as fillers with larger flowers in arrangements. The species itself
is offered, but numerous cultivars have also been selected. Plants grow well
in both the North and South, but leaf spotting becomes a bigger problem in
the humidity of the South. (Armitage, Herbaceous Perennial Plants)