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Prairie Aster
Aster tanacetifolius*

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About Prairie Aster (Aster tanacetifolius*)
Height: Up to 2 1/2 ft.
Flower Color: Purple
Plant Type: Annual. Lives just one year. Grows quickly, blooms heavily, dies with first frost. Can regrow following spring if seed falls on bare ground.
Flower Type: Daisy-like
Bloom Time: Early and mid-season
Is this wildflower invasive? No
Is this wildflower endangered? No
Is this wildflower edible? No
Is this wildflower medicinal? No
More about Prairie Aster (Aster tanacetifolius*): Also known as "Tahoka Daisy", this spectacular American wildflower is not really an aster at all, and blooms earlier than that large family. The blooms are a lot alike, however, with yellow centers and almost "electric" blue/purple rays (petals).
*recently reclassified as Machaeranthera tanacetifolius.
What is Prairie Aster's native range?
  Indigenous To: America's Great Plains
Where Prairie Aster is naturalized or can be grown
  Regions: Native of the plains regions, but can be grown in all regions..
  Zones: 5-9
How to grow Prairie Aster (Aster tanacetifolius*)
  Soil preference: Adaptable
  Sun/Shade: Needs full sun.
  Moisture Requirements: Average moisture, well-drained.

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Give this species good drainage and absolutely full sun, and it will reward you. Very drought-resistant.

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