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Symphyotrichum shortii (Aster shortii)
Part to full shade, medium to moderately dry moisture level, rich sandy or loamy soil. 2-4 ft. height, blooms in fall, blue flowers, self-sows readily.
Germination Code: C(30)
Native Region: Concentrated in Middle Tennessee, lightly in East Tennessee
Centers of flowers start out yellow but turn brick red after pollination. Individual plants are short-lived. Attracts birds, butterflies and hummingbirds.