Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
Formerly classified as Aster cordifolius, this native, found along forest edges and ledges in the eastern half of North America, would be a welcome addition in a residential shade garden. When summer flowers are fading through mid fall, the delicate blue flowers of this prolific bloomer attract numerous pollinators.
It is native in DC. In DE, it is uncommon in the Piedmont and rare in the Coastal Plain. It is scattered throughout PA but mostly clustered in the southeastern and southwestern counties of the State. In VA, it is common in the mountains, frequent in the Piedmont, and infrequent to rare in the Coastal Plain.
Watch pollinators on Symphyotrichum cordifolium in September and October as they “dance to the background music” of nature and an Arlington neighborhood. Although tiny sweat bees and mining bees can be seen flitting about in the introductory clips, they are neither included in the close-ups nor identified in the closing credits.
Video © 2017 Mary Free
Print Version: Symphyotrichum cordifolium Blue Wood or Heart-leaved Aster
Learn more about other Mid-Atlantic plants: Tried and True Plant Fact Sheets