|Flowers, June 12 2019|
|Whole plant in my home landscape|
Throughout its range it is most commonly found in open woodlands where it gets ample sunlight, but not full sun. In these locations, it occurs in typical woodland soils with average moisture.
In the landscape, however, skyblue aster does not seem to be particularly fussy about its growing conditions. Although it makes an excellent addition to a partly sunny location in the landscape, I have planted mine in a mostly sunny spot that is shaded only from mid-afternoon on into evening.
This is a tall and lanky species, sending up multiple stems from its base that may reach three feet tall or slightly more by fall. The basal leaves are distinctly heart shaped and about six inches long, but the leaves become more elliptical as they go up the stems.
|Leaves near the base.|
This species is currently being propagated in Florida as a native wildflower. I purchased mine at Native Nurseries of Tallahassee, but I do not know their wholesale grower source. It is widely available outside Florida from wildflower nurseries. Over the years, I have tried to add as many Symphyotrichum asters to my landscape as possible to increase the diversity of my pollinator garden. So far, this species has been a good addition.