Did you know Symphyotrichum laeve, also known as smooth aster, is a magnet for bumble bees, Bombus spp., in our ecoregion 231? Read on.
Name: Symphyotrichum laeve
Common: Smooth Aster
Zones: 3 – 8
Size: 2 to 4 feet tall and 1 t0 2 feet wide
Conditions: Full sun, dry to medium water
Attracts: Asters are also specialists for many mining bees, Andrena spp., the polyester bee, Colletes simluans, and the long-horned bee, Melissodes druriella.
There are many asters native to the USA. Often referred to ex-asters, since they many were removed from the aster family and into the Symphyotrichum family.
Easily grown, given the right conditions. Easily self-seeds.
The sugar content reportedly ranges from 24 to 41%.
On the scale of 0 to 5, pollen and nectar content is 2 and 2, respectively.