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FutureStarrBlue Wood Aster for Sale
In the spring of the year there are many wildflowers that grow and bloom, even before the leaves are on the trees. Hepatica, bloodroot, toothwort, trout lilies and many other spring wild flowers are creating their magic in the garden. As the year moves on bowman's root, black cohosh, scarlet monarda, lilies and ferns put on brilliant displays. In the late summer into fall the woodland garden needs something. If you go for a hike into the woods you will see that nature has taken that into account. Beautiful woodland asters finally get to have their time.
White wood aster has bright white ray flowers and a central disc that starts out yellow and ages to a purplish red. Blue Wood Aster has blue to purple ray flowers. The color does vary and sometimes they are almost white. The Blue Wood Aster disc are yellow and fade to red. Blue wood aster flowers later than White Wood Aster and sometimes flowers into November. Both these asters have heart shaped leaves. Blue wood aster leaves are notched at the base of the lower leaves.Symphyotrichum cordifolium (Blue Wood Aster) is a stout herbaceous perennial boasting branched, upright-arching stems topped by profuse clusters of daisy-like flowers in late summer and fall. Blooming for weeks, the flowers, usually less than 1 in. across (2.5 cm), feature golden-yellow centers surrounded by narrow rays ranging from dark blue to pale blue. Borne on smooth stems, their gentle color blends with almost any other color in the garden. The leaves are thin, sharply toothed, the lower leaves being heart shaped (cordate) and the upper leaves being ovate to lanceolate. Tough and adaptable, Blue Wood Aster is an excellent choice for the mixed border where it makes a beautiful foil for other late-season perennials.
Blue wood asters can grow in fairly deep shade but do well in ½ day sun also. They grow in dry to moist well drained soils. Every woodland garden would benefit form the colors, textures, and habitat value of wood asters. Plant with woodland goldenrod for fall colors. Plant with early spring flowering plants such as bloodroot, trout lilies, foam flower and false solomon's seal to add color when the spring flowering plants are past their bloom period. Asters have been juggled (some would say tortured) recently by taxonomists and the new nomenclature may seem unwieldy. Current aster genus names now include Doellingeria, Eurybia, Symphyotrichum, and Oclemena. Blue wood aster, once Aster cordifolius, is now Symphyotrichum cordifolium: same plant, new genus name in company with New England and New York asters (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae and S. novae-belgii), and calico asters (S. lateriflorum), all neighborly denizens of fields and woodland edges in the late-season landscape. (Source: wildseedproject.net)