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Aster oblongifolius 'Raydon's Favorite' (aromatic aster)

Aster oblongifolius 'Raydon's Favorite'

aromatic aster

(syn. Symphyotrichum oblongifolium 'Raydon's Favorite')

Medium blue, fine textured single ray flowers in September and October, aromatic foliage. Irresistable, a really tremendous plant. Introduced by Holbrook Farm.

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2-3 Feet


1-2 Feet


12-18 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

aromatic aster Interesting Notes

Named the 2016 Plant of the Year by The Garden Club of America.

Aster oblongifolius 'Raydon’s Favorite', now known as Symphyotrichum oblongifolium 'Raydon’s Favorite', has medium blue flowers larger than 1” in diameter blooming late in the season. It grows about 3’ tall and has a bushy dense covering of aromatic leaves. In 2016, it was named Plant of the Year by The Garden Club of America because of its more compact form, fragrance, dazzling bright blue flower, and durability in harsh sites.

Symphyotrichum oblongifolium prefers full sun and dry conditions. It generally can be found in limestone glades, slopes, prairies, and dry open ground and has a high pH tolerance. While it prefers lean soils, aromatic aster is adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions and can tolerate heat, pollution, and soil compaction. Due to its aromatic foliage, it is highly resistant to deer, rabbits, rodents, and insects.

'Raydon’s Favorite' was named by Allen Bush after Raydon Alexander, a noted plantsman from San Antonio, TX. It is believed this cultivar is a selection of Symphyotrichum oblongifolium found from Lookout Mountain in Tennessee by Allen Bush in the 1980s and introduced by Holbrook Farm. We find that although similar to 'October Skies', 'Raydon’s Favorite' is about one foot taller, blooms 2 weeks later, and has larger flowers. It is best to cut back after flowering to prevent the spread of variable seedlings.

Aster oblongifolius 'Raydon's Favorite' 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 Substitutions

aromatic aster Aster oblongifolius 'October Skies'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Landscape Plug™
Native to North America
Clay Tolerance
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Propagation Type