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Aster oblongifolius 'October Skies' (Aromatic aster)

Aster oblongifolius 'October Skies'

Aromatic aster

(syn. Symphyotrichum oblongifolium)

Shorter, bushier, bluer sister of 'Raydon's Favorite'. A strong growing low mound of bushy foliage covered in lavender blue flowers in mid fall. Highly tolerant of drought and poor soils. This Primrose Path introduction has excellent groundcover potential.

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Aster oblongifolius 'October Skies' - 72 per flat $49.68
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Height

15-18 Inches

Bloom Color

Lavender

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

Aromatic aster Interesting Notes

Aromatic Aster is a very showy low growing bushy native wildflower with hundreds of daisy type blue-lavender flowers with yellow centers.  Like most Asters, Aromatic Aster is very attractive to butterflies and makes excellent cut flowers.  Aromatic Aster has mounds of gray-green foliage and flower buds creating an interesting display through the summer followed by masses of flowers which are 1.25 inches in diameter. Native Aromatic Aster grows easily and quickly in dry to average conditions and tolerates clay and sandy soils but will benefit from added compost. It derives its common name from foliage which is aromatic when handled. - Easy Wildflowers

We have a special quality of light in a New England autumn. In fact, the sky in October is the deepest shade of blue. Now we have an aster reflecting the color of the sky in Aster 'October Skies'. 18" x 18", blooms Sept-Oct. and is tolerant of dry soil. - Avant Gardens

Aster oblongifolius 'October Skies' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow in full sun in average to dry soil. Cut back after flowering to prevent the spread of variable seedlings.

Good Companions

Hardy ageratum Eupatorium coelestinum
Anise hyssop Agastache 'Blue Fortune'
Sunflower Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Butterflies
Butterflies
Full Sun
Full Sun
Dry
Dry
Average
Average
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Groundcover
Groundcover
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

Growth Rate
Medium
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Fall
Propagation Type
Vegetative
Attributes
Meadow
Dry Sun
Native to North America