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Symphyotrichum oblongifolium

Aromatic Aster

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Prolific blueish-purple or pink daisy-like flowers bloom from late summer well into the fall.



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Although not a New Jersey native, this plant is native to neighboring states including New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and the interior midwest. Its tolerance of poor, dry soil conditions including sand and clay, as well as its high drought tolerance, make it a great choice for Jersey-Friendly gardens. Aromatic Aster features a compact, stiff and bushy form which offers an upright appearance. Its prolific blueish-purple or pink daisy-like flowers bloom from late summer well into the fall. It is one of the latest blooming asters, making it a great accompaniment to your fall chrysanthemums. Bees and butterflies nectar on the flowers. Prefers full sun, but can also tolerate some shade. The “aroma” comes from the leaves, when crushed.

Plant Details:

Other Scientific Names: Aster oblongifolius

Other Common Names: Fall Aster

Plant Type: Flower, Perennial

New Jersey Native: No

Bloom Times: Late Summer to Fall

Bloom Colors: Pink, Purple

Deer Resistance: None

Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife: Bees and Other Pollinators, Butterflies

Salt Tolerance: Unknown

Hardiness Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Physiographic Region: All Regions in NJ

Soil Characteristics

Soil Type: Sandy, Clay

Soil Moisture: Dry

Soil pH: Slightly Acidic, Neutral, Slightly Alkaline

Light Needs of Plant

Optimal Light: Full Sun

Light Range: Full Sun

Water Needs of Plant

Soil Moisture: Dry

Drought Tolerance: High

Size and Growth Rate

Height: 1 - 3 ft

Spread: 1 - 3 ft

Growth Rate: Medium