Aster oblongifolius (Symphyotrichum) - AROMATIC ASTER

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This native wildflower is very drought tolerant and provides an important source of nectar for pollinators late in the season (it also provides pollen for bees).

It's a very hardy and tough plant with a useful ground covering habit. Leave enough room for it and it will form wide clumps. The leaves are aromatic when crushed.

Great for wildflower gardens, prairies, cottage gardens, butterfly gardens, erosion control, clay soils and dry clay. Goes well with Asclepias tuberosa, Echinacea, Rudbeckia, Monarda and many other perennials. 

Blooming Time: August to September
Size: usually 2-3’ tall x 3’ wide
USDA Zones: 3 to 8
Culture: sun, half shade, average, dry to medium, well-drained soil, shallow soils, clay, dry clay, hot places
Moisture Needs: medium, dry
Origin: native wildflower to Northeastern and central United States – grows on limestone glades, slopes, prairies and dry open ground. See distribution on USDA map.
Deer/Rabbit Resistant: yes/yes
Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators: long-tongued bees, short-tongued bees, small to medium-sized butterflies, and skippers. Many insects feed on the leaves.
Attracts Hummingbirds: no
Pot Size: 3.5" x 5" deep pot