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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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18 Inches


18 Inches


12-18 Inches

Bloom Color


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 Substitutions

aromatic aster Aster oblongifolius 'Raydon's Favorite'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

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

Additional Information

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