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Aster Bluebird

Aster 'Bluebird'

Aster laevis 'Bluebird'

Item # 41293

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Synonym: Symphyotrichum laeve

A glorious presence in the sunny garden, this free-flowering selection of our native Smooth Aster sets hundreds and hundreds of bold 1-inch daisies colored a rich lavender-blue around a gold center. Monarch butterflies love the nectar of 'Bluebird,' and the plant is vigorous and drought-tolerant.

Beginning in early fall in most climates and continuing all season, the flowers are daisy-shaped and very bright. They make long-lasting cutflowers for the vase, so you just may have to plant an extra 'Bluebird' or two to satisfy the butterflies as well as yourself! Long, smooth blue-green leaves up to 4 inches long are held below the clusters of flowers on vase-shaped plants 30 to 36 inches high and 24 to 30 inches wide.

Best in full sun and very well-drained soil, 'Bluebird' appreciates a little pampering the first season, but is quite able to withstand dry soil and chilly autumn weather. Rely on it as a valuable source of late-season color! Zones 4-8.