Aromatic Aster (Symphyotrichum Oblongifolium)

Smiling Sun Gardens

Regular price $6.00

Native Environment: Glade

Other Common Names: Aromatic Aster, Aromatic American Aster, Fall Aster, Wild Blue Aster, Shale Aster

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

One of the last wildflowers to bloom, this aster is loaded with blue-purple daisy-like flowers that persist into late fall. This aster grows into a tidy, compact, self-supporting mound and is a Plants of Merit winner.
Active spring to fall, the small carpenter bee looks like a fat, iridescent black ant. Asters are pollinated by long-tongued bees, short-tongued bees, and visited by butterflies and skippers. Asters are host to silvery checkerspot butterfly larvae.
Culture: Grows easily in full sun and well-drained to dry soil. Can spread easily by self-sowing

Height: 12 to 30 inches
Spread: 16 to 20 inches
Color: Purple Violet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 7
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Season of Interest: Late (July - frost)
Soil Moisture: Dry to medium
Water Use: Low
Maintenance: Medium
Wildlife Benefit: Bird, Butterfly Nectar, Butterfly Host, Native Bee
Animal Resistance: Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
Nature Attracting: Butterfly, Birds, Native Bees
Special Usage: Fragrant, Fresh Cut Flower
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Erosion, Clay Soil, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil

Asters attract predatory insects that prey upon pest insects.


Larval Host: Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly

 

         

 

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