Smooth Aster

Photo credit: Heike Löchel


Smooth aster

(Symphyotrichum laevis)


    • 2 to 3 feet


    • August to October


    • Native
    • Perennial


    • Full sun

Soil moisture:

    • Dry to medium

Used by:

    • Butterflies (flowers),
    • Honey bees (flowers),
    • Native bees (flowers),
    • Caterpillars (foliage),
    • Songbirds (seeds),
    • Wild turkey (seeds)


    • Deer browsing does not hurt smooth asters. It just makes them bushier.
    • Has a tendency to grow taller than “normal” in garden settings and may flop over.
    • Can be trimmed (i.e. artificially grazed) to keep shorter and promote bushiness.

Kentucky Pollinators & Backyard Wildlife articles:

Common Buckeye

Bicolored Sweat Bee

Leave Fields of Fall Wildflowers for Pollinators

Painted Ladies

Fall asters provide late season boost to pollinators

Native range in North America:


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