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

Aster oblongifolius 'Raydon's Favorite'

aromatic aster

(syn. Symphyotrichum oblongifolium)

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 3-8

aromatic aster Interesting Notes

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

Raydon’s Favorite aromatic aster is one of our most reliable native perennial asters.  It has a strikingly beautiful mounded appearance with masses of violet-blue, daisy-like flowers on 2-3’ tall multi-stemmed plants in mid to late autumn. Symphyotrichum oblongifolium 'Raydon’s Favorite' prefers full sun in well-drained soils that are alkaline to slightly acidic. Raydon’s Favorite aromatic aster, like many of its relatives, is a preferred nectar source for many butterfly species and therefore is a joy to observe when flowering. It provides an outstanding floral display in both the perennial and mixed borders with companions such as Solidago speciosaRudbeckia fulgidaChrysopsis marianaBaptisia alba, and Symphyotrichum laeve. - Mt. Cuba Center

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

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

decorative garden mum Dendranthema x grandiflorum 'Hillside Pink Sheffield'
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™
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Native to North America
Propagation Type