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Aster cordifolius - L.
                 
Common Name Common Blue Wood Aster
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Woods and thickets[235].
Range Eastern N. America - Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to Ontario, Minnesota, Georgia and Missouri.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Aster cordifolius Common Blue Wood Aster


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Aster cordifolius Common Blue Wood Aster
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Physical Characteristics
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Aster cordifolius is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.5 m (5ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3. It is in flower from Sep to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, flies, beetles, lepidoptera, self.The plant is self-fertile.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - cooked and used as greens[207].
Medicinal Uses


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Antirheumatic;  Aromatic;  Nervine.

An infusion of the plant is used as an aromatic nervine and also in the treatment of rheumatism[207].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Succeeds in most good garden soils[1], preferring one that is well-drained and moisture retentive[200]. Prefers a sunny position[200]. Prefers a rich soil[1]. Plants can be naturalized in a woodland or other wild garden[200]. Most species in this genus seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[200].
Propagation
Seed - surface sow in spring in a cold frame. Do not allow the compost to become dry. Pre-chilling the seed for two weeks can improve germination rates[134]. The seed usually germinates in 2 weeks at 20°c[134]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring or autumn[200]. Basal cuttings in late spring. Harvest the shoots when they are about 10 - 15cm long with plenty of underground stem. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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