What Is Sky Blue Aster – How To Grow Sky Blue Aster Plants

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What Is Sky Blue Aster – How To Grow Sky Blue Aster Plants

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener What is Sky Blue aster? Also known as azure asters, Sky Blue asters are North American natives that produce brilliant azure-blue, daisy-like flowers from late summer until the first serious frost. The beauty continues throughout much of the year, as the foliage of Sky Blue asters turns reddish in autumn and the seeds provide winter sustenance to a number of appreciative songbirds. Wondering about growing a Sky Blue aster in your garden? Read on to learn the basics. Sky Blue Aster Information Fortunately, growing a Sky Blue aster doesn’t necessitate pronouncing the name (Symphyotrichum oolentangiense syn. Aster azureus), but you can thank botanist John L. Riddell, who first identified the plant in 1835. The name is derived from two Greek words – symphysis (junction) and trichos (hair). The rest of the rather unwieldy name pays homage to Ohio’s Olentangy River, where

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