Aster oblongifolius (Symphyotrichum) - AROMATIC ASTER

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Native wildflower, very drought tolerant, important late nectar source for pollinators (for bees also pollen).

Very hardy and tough plant with ground covering habit (which is very useful). Leave enough room for it, it will form wide clumps. Leaves are aromatic, when crushed.

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 and 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 feeds on the leaves.

Attracts Hummingbirds : no

Pot Size : square 3.5“ x 5“ deep pot