You often find the seeds of this genus sticking to you after a hike – these seeds are eaten by lots of wildlife. Flowers of this plant aren’t especially showy, but the plant is great for insects, birds, and mammals.
Annual/biennial plant, so allow to self-seed in disturbed soil in order for it to return. A very unique, delicate-looking flower that can spread quickly by seed in disturbed soil but may fade out as other plants take the space.
Typically grows as a shrubby upright perennial to 4' tall and to 2 1/2' wide. A study in KC showed that Symphyotrichum is one of the plant genera in our area that attracts the largest number of different bee species.
More common in Kansas. "Petals" could be red, or partially red, instead of yellow. Has a deep tap root, which it spends its first year growing so it may not flower until the second year. Best planted in masses or planted with other structural plants.