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Smooth Blue Aster (Symphyotrichum laeve)

Smooth Blue Aster is found in prairies throughout Minnesota. Blooming from August through October, the species is a late season source of pollen and nectar for pollinators. The smooth leaves that clasp its smooth stems make the species unique from other asters that can often be difficult to tell apart. Its attractive foliage and abundant flowers make Smooth Blue Aster a good addition to native gardens as well as prairie restoration projects. (Image credit The Friends of the Wild Flower Garden)