Aromatic aster 'October Skies' - another superb nativar and one of our all-time favorites perennial and here is why :
1 - dense ground covering mounds, completely covered with smaller blue flowers, about 1.5-2' tall and 2-2.5' wide
2 - very late bloom period in September/November - after all the native asters finished flowering
3 - important late source of nectar for butterflies, including back to Mexico migrating monarchs (and hosts caterpillars of the Silvery Checkerspot Butterflies and of several moths)
4 - very adaptable plant to all the soil types and moisture reaching from dry to medium/moist, tough, drought and heat tolerant perennial. Sun to half shade. Zones 4 to 8.
5 - deer and rabbit resistant, black walnut tolerant and virtually no care plant
6 - great cut flower, it's an herb too -tea made from the roots was used for treating fever. Crushed or rubbed leaves have pleasant aroma.
Superior plant for public landscaping (for example for dry traffic islands, big city containers) and smaller private gardens too - in borders, low maintenance plantings, water-wise landscaping, cottage gardens, butterfly or pollinator gardens, great edging plant or substitute for garden mums. Goes well with Asclepias tuberosa, Echinacea, Rudbeckia, Monarda and many other perennials.
Hardy in zones 3 to 8. Wild species of A. oblongifolius is native to Northeastern and central United States – grows on limestone glades, slopes, prairies and dry open ground. See distribution on USDA map. New name for this aster is Symphyotrichum oblongifolium.
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Pot Size : square 3.5" x 5" deep pot