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Sun: Partial, shade

Moisture: Medium dry to medium

Height: 3-4'

Bloom Time: Aug-Oct

Bloom Color: Light blue

Genotype: Winona, MN (shares a Level II ecosystem, Mixed Woods Plains, with Southeastern Michigan).

Indigenous interactions: In the Great Lakes area, the Ojibwa used the root to make a hunting medicine that mimicked the smell of deer (Moerman, 1998).


Mounds of pale blue flowers attract native bees, helpful wasps, butterflies, and moths. Host plant to the Silvery Checkerspot and Pearl Crescent butterflies, as well as several moths. 

Symphyotrichum cordifolium (Heart-Leaved Aster)

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