Aromatic Aster

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Aromatic Aster is an award-winning native perennial that attracts bees, butterflies, and birds to the garden with a show of purple blooms late summer through fall. The daisy-like flowers are larger than most Asters, making this a perennial substitute for fall mums. Plant en masse in sunny borders, butterfly gardens, or meadows. The blooms also make long-lasting cut flowers. (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium)
Zones 3 - 8
Attract Butterflies
Attract Birds
Bee Friendly
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Good For Cut Flowers
Great For Mass Plantings
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height 12-36" tall , 12-26" wide
Bloom TimeLate summer to fall

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information

Aromatic Aster is a robust native perennial that has cheerful late-season blooms. Producing highly branched stems with a bushy appearance, plants are completely covered by flowers in autumn. They provide late-season nectar to long-tongued bees, short-tongued bees, small to medium-sized butterflies, and skippers. Aromatic Aster is also host to the caterpillars of the Silvery Checkerspot butterfly. Found throughout the Great Plains as far west as Wyoming and Texas, and in isolated populations from Pennsylvania south to North Carolina, Aromatic Aster grows on dry prairies, limestone glades, rocky bluffs, and other challenging sites. It thrives in dry areas, and can adapt to any well-drained soil. Give plants room to spread in the garden. Aromatic aster looks lovely planted en masse alongside yellow, late-season blooms like Goldenrod, Helenium, and Coreopsis. It also performs well amongst native ornamental grasses.

More Information
Associated SKUsAM020084
AM020063 (Plant - 3" Pot)
AM020064 (Tray of 16) - Out of stock.
Common Name
Aromatic Aster
Botanical Name
Symphyotrichum oblongifolium
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Pink, Purple
Mature Height
12-36" tall
Estimated Mature Spread
12-26" wide
Bloom Time
Late summer to fall
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Clay Soil
Soil Moisture
Dry, Average, Well Draining
Attract Butterflies, Attract Birds, Bee Friendly, Native, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good For Cut Flowers, Great For Mass Plantings
Planting Time
Neonicotinoid Free
Native To
North America
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada
ZoneShipping Status
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Zone 8Shipping begins the week of October 10th, 2022
Zone 9Shipping begins the week of October 10th, 2022
Zone 10Shipping begins the week of October 17th, 2022

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