Common Name: stiff aster
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Native Range: Eastern North America
Zone: 4 to 9
Height: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Spread: 0.50 to 1.00 feet
Bloom Time: July
Bloom Description: Blue-violet to purple with yellow centers
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Flower: Showy, Good Cut
Tolerate: Drought, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil
Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Prefers acidic, sandy soils.
This low growing, Missouri native aster grows in clumps 15-20" tall and is typically found in acid soils in pine-oak or pine-hickory woods, ridgetops, upland slopes and glades. Sometimes called stiff-leafed aster because its rather distinctive linear leaves are narrow (almost needle-like), rigid and single-nerved (one prominent central vein). Stems and general habit are also stiff. Small flowers (1" across) have blue-violet to purple rays and yellow center disks and appear at the ends of ascending stems (often singly) in late summer to fall.
No serious insect or disease problems.
An excellent, long-blooming, compact aster for the native garden, rock garden or border front. Mass in groups or use as an edger.