Come celebrate pollinators with us at our native plant nursery!
We have an increased number of pollinator plugs in stock and all week we will be donating 10% of our sales of Monarda, Solidago, Aster, Pycanthemum, and Asclepias to the Howard County Chapter of Bee City. On Saturday the 18th and Saturday the 25th, we will have a DIY bee puddler station.  Make sure you don’t miss out!



Pollinators on Asclepias, Pycanthemum, Aster, Monarda, and Solidago.

Pollinator Powerhouses

Pollinator powerhouses are amazing pollinator-friendly plants, and this week we are celebrating 5 of them. The ‘Bluebird’ Smooth Aster is our first pollinator powerhouse. There is some information below about this variety of aster, but we are considering all varieties of asters a powerhouse! The other pollinator powerhouses are Monarda, Solidago, Pycanthemum, and Asclepias. We will be posting blogs about them every few days for the next week, so stay tuned for more pollinator powerhouses! 


‘Bluebird’ Smooth Aster is robust, upright herbaceous perennial that blooms in September and October. It is easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun.  With showy, violet blue rays and yellow centers it is an attractant to butterflies and native bees.  This plant is a great choice for meadows and cottage gardens.  Additionally, it is drought, erosion, and dry/rocky soil tolerant.

Latin Name: Symphyotrichum laeve ‘Bluebird’
Formerly known as Aster laevis
Common Name: Smooth Aster

Type: Herbaceous Perennial
Family: Asteraceae
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 2.50 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 2.00 to 2.50 feet
Bloom Time: September to October
Bloom Description: Violet blue rays with yellow center
Sun: Full Sun
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil

Shop for ‘Bluebird’ Smooth Aster

Information from Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder


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