Notable Features: Loved by fall migrating monarchs!The stiff stems will branch out to create an attractive bush-like appearance and will completely covered in light purple flowers when blooming. Spreads by underground rhizomes. Despite the name, the flowers have no aroma, but the leaves do when crushed. The mound-like form of this plant makes it a beauty year-round and a favorite for landscaping.
Attracts: Many insects visit the flowers, including long-tongued bees, short-tongued bees, small to medium-sized butterflies, and skippers. These insects seek nectar primarily, although the bees also collect pollen. Many kinds of insects feed on the foliage and other parts of asters, including the caterpillars of the butterfly Chlosyne nycteis (Silvery Checkerspot) and the larvae of many moth species.
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