Description

**Pre-orders are for local pickup only. We do not ship plants. Please double check your location and ensure you are able to pick up your plants in the spring (available for pickup starting May 11th). Specify pickup date in 'notes' when completing your order.

**This plant is native to Northern Michigan

Growing Requirements:

  • Flourishes in moist to wet, well-drained soil
  • Prefers full sun to partial shade
  • Tolerant of acidic soil conditions
  • Requires consistent moisture, particularly in wetland habitats
  • Hardy in USDA zones 3-9

Features:

Swamp Aster (Symphyotrichum puniceum) is a delightful perennial wildflower prized for its clusters of daisy-like flowers and attractive foliage. Its charming blooms, which appear in late summer to early fall, add a splash of color to wetland gardens, marshy areas, and stream banks. This native plant thrives in challenging conditions while attracting pollinators and bringing beauty to the natural landscape.

Mature Size and Form:

In optimal conditions, Swamp Aster can reach a height of 2 to 4 feet with a spread of 1 to 2 feet. Its sturdy stems are adorned with lance-shaped leaves and topped with profuse clusters of lavender-purple flowers, creating a picturesque display in wetland habitats.

Benefits to the Local Ecosystem:

Swamp Aster offers several ecological benefits, enriching the local ecosystem and supporting biodiversity:

  • Pollinator Haven: Its abundant flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, enhancing pollination and promoting biodiversity in wetland habitats.
  • Erosion Control: The fibrous roots of Swamp Aster help stabilize soil and prevent erosion along water edges, stream banks, and marshy areas, making it an excellent choice for erosion-prone sites.
  • Wildlife Habitat: The nectar-rich flowers provide food sources for pollinators and late-season forage for butterflies and other insects, contributing to habitat diversity and ecological balance.
  • Visual Appeal: With its profusion of blooms and graceful form, Swamp Aster adds color and texture to wetland gardens, marshy areas, and stream banks, creating a vibrant and dynamic landscape.
  • Low Maintenance: Once established, Swamp Aster is relatively low-maintenance, requiring minimal watering and care. It's an excellent choice for gardeners seeking a resilient and beautiful plant for wetland habitats.