Aster oblongifolius October Skies, Aromatic Aster
Aster oblongifolius October Skies, Aromatic Aster, closeup

Aster oblongifolium October Skies, Aromatic Aster

Thousands of sky blue daisy-like blossoms smother October Skies Aromatic Aster, Aster oblongifolium, in late summer and fall. A strong grower, its well-mounded foliage and spiky flower buds create compelling displays before the showy bloom. Aromatic Aster gets its name from its leaves which are fragrant when crushed. 

Very easy to grow in average to poor soil; does best with a shovelful or two of compost. A butterfly favorite that makes a good ground cover. A bushier and more controllable variety than the Missouri native species, Aster oblongifolium. Also known as Symphyotrichum oblongifolium.

Plant in average or amended soil in full sun to part shade.

Additional Information

Botanical Name

Aster oblongifolium October Skies

Common Name

Aster

Bloom Color

Blue

Bloom Time

Late Summer, Fall

Foliage Color

Green

Light Requirements

Sun

Height

18-24″

Width

18-24″

Uses

Birds, Beds, Butterflies, Cut Flower, Ground Cover, Mass Plantings, Naturalize

Resistance

Deer, Drought

Soil

Average, Clay, Poor, Rocky

Water Needs

Average, Low

Zone

5-8

Plant Type

Perennial