Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Aromatic Aster

Symphyotrichum oblongifolium
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Glade
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Blue, Pink / Rose, Purple
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
Size

Height:

12 to
30
inches

Spread:

16 to
20
inches
Size
Height: 12 to
30
inches
Spread: 16 to
20
inches
Size
Height: 12 to
30
inches
Spread: 16 to
20
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Excellent late bloomer for the mixed border. Good plant in the native plant garden, naturalized area, prairie or wildflower meadow. Good cut flower.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grows easily in full sun and well-drained to dry soil. Can spread easily by self-sowing
Special Features
Special Usage
Fragrant, Fresh Cut Flower
Basic Description

One of the last wildflowers to bloom, this aster is loaded with blue-purple daisy-like flowers in late fall. This aster grows into a tidy, compact, self-supporting mound and may be grown as a hedge.Part of our Pollinator Buffet plant tag series. Active spring to fall, the small carpenter bee looks like a fat, iridescent black ant. Asters are pollinated by long-tongued bees, short-tongued bees, and visited by butterflies and skippers. Asters are host to silvery checkerspot butterfly larvae.

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