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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 plant with hundreds of daisy type blue-lavender flowers with yellow centers. Like most asters, it is very attractive to butterflies and makes an excellent cut flower. Its mounds of gray-green foliage and flower buds create an interesting display through the summer followed by masses of flowers which are 1.25 inches in diameter. It 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

Sundrops Oenothera fruticosa
Stonecrop Sedum 'Autumn Fire'
Fountain grass Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

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

Additional Information

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