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    Purple flower of western meadow aster (Symphyotrichum campestre).

    A Comprehensive Guide to Western Meadow Aster (Symphyotrichum campestre)

    Western Meadow Aster (Symphyotrichum campestre) is a herbaceous perennial that is native to the western United States and Canada, except for Arizona and Utah. This species is a host to the Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) and American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) butterflies and several moths. Growing from 4 inches… Read More »A Comprehensive Guide to Western Meadow Aster (Symphyotrichum campestre)

    Light lavender flower of boreale aster (Symphyotrichum boreale).

    A Comprehensive Guide to Boreal Aster (Symphyotrichum boreale)

    Boreal Aster (Symphyotrichum boreale) is a herbaceous perennial that is native to the northern United States and Canada. This species is a host to the Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) and American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) butterflies and several moths. Growing from 0.5 to 3 feet tall, this species grows… Read More »A Comprehensive Guide to Boreal Aster (Symphyotrichum boreale)

    Purple flowers of New York ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis).

    A Comprehensive Guide to New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis)

    New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis) is a herbaceous perennial that is native to the eastern United States and adventive in the west. This plant is a host to the American Lady butterfly (Vanessa virginiensis). Growing from 2.5 to 8 feet tall, this species grows in fields, roadsides, and… Read More »A Comprehensive Guide to New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis)

    Magenta-purple flowers of Missouri ironweed (Vernonia missourica).

    A Comprehensive Guide to Missouri Ironweed (Vernonia missurica)

    Missouri Ironweed (Vernonia missurica) is a herbaceous perennial that is native to the mid-western and southeastern United States. This plant is a host to the American Lady butterfly (Vanessa virginiensis). Growing from 2 to 6.5 feet tall, this species grows in prairies, and has magenta flowers that bloom… Read More »A Comprehensive Guide to Missouri Ironweed (Vernonia missurica)

    Close-up of purple flower of giant ironweed (Vernonia gigantea).

    A Comprehensive Guide to Giant Ironweed (Vernonia gigantea)

    Giant Ironweed (Vernonia gigantea) is a herbaceous perennial that is native to the eastern and mid-western United States and the province of Ontario in Canada. This plant is a host to the American Lady butterfly (Vanessa virginiensis). Growing from 2.5 to 10 feet tall, this species grows in… Read More »A Comprehensive Guide to Giant Ironweed (Vernonia gigantea)

    Lavender flower of anticosti aster (Symphyotrichum anticostense).

    A Comprehensive Guide to Anticosti Aster (Symphyotrichum anticostense)

    Anticosti Aster (Symphyotrichum anticostense) is a herbaceous perennial that is native to the state of Maine and the provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick in Canada. This plant is a host to the Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) and American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) butterflies and several moths. Growing from… Read More »A Comprehensive Guide to Anticosti Aster (Symphyotrichum anticostense)

    Light purple flowers of many ray aster (Symphyotrichum anomalum).

    A Comprehensive Guide to Many-ray Aster (Symphyotrichum anomalum)

    Many-ray Aster (Symphyotrichum anomalum) is a herbaceous perennial that is native to the midwestern United States. This plant is a host to the Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) and American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) butterflies and several moths. Growing from 0.75 to 4 feet tall, this species grows in dry… Read More »A Comprehensive Guide to Many-ray Aster (Symphyotrichum anomalum)

    Plant of scale-leaf aster (Symphyotrichum adnatum) with light purple flowers.

    A Comprehensive Guide to Scale-leaf Aster (Symphyotrichum adnatum)

    Scale-leaf Aster (Symphyotrichum adnatum) is a herbaceous perennial that is native to the southeastern United States. This plant is a host to the Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) and American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) butterflies and several moths. Growing from 1 to 4 feet tall, this species grows in pine… Read More »A Comprehensive Guide to Scale-leaf Aster (Symphyotrichum adnatum)

    Plant of woolly ironweed (Vernonia lindheimeri).

    A Comprehensive Guide to Woolly Ironweed (Vernonia lindheimeri)

    Woolly Ironweed (Vernonia lindheimeri) is a herbaceous perennial that is native to the states of Texas and Arkansas and adjacent areas of Mexico. This plant is a host to the American Lady butterfly (Vanessa virginiensis). Growing from 2 to 3 feet tall, this species grows in calcareous areas,… Read More »A Comprehensive Guide to Woolly Ironweed (Vernonia lindheimeri)

    Plants of prairie ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata) in a field.

    A Comprehensive Guide to Prairie Ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata)

    Prairie Ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata) is a herbaceous perennial that is native to the midwestern and Great Plains of the United States and the province of Manitoba. This plant is a host to the American Lady butterfly (Vanessa virginiensis). Growing from 2 to 4 feet tall, this species grows in moist prairies and has pink to purple flowers that bloom from July to September. This plant is hardy in zones 4-9.

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