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Aster oblongifolius is a bushy mounding perennial.  The aromatic leaves are gray green and pubescent.  In early autumn, foliage is covered by cheerful lavender daisies. The flowers are larger than other asters and showy with an abundance of petal-like rays. This robust plant is tough and adaptable prospering in sun and drought.

HABITAT & HARDINESS:  Aster oblongifolus is most common in the central United States especially the Plains States. Isolated populations occur is many of the Eastern states. Indigenous plants are most likely to be found in in dry prairies, dolomitic or limestone glades, on rocky bluffs and other sunny sites with dry rocky or gravelly soil.

 USDA Zones 3-8.

Densely branched globe shaped plant that forms small colonies from underground rhizomes. Stems are stiff and woody at the base with an abundance of foliage.  Leaves are oblong and up to 4” long.  They are fragrant but only when crushed or disturbed. Like most asters, leaves are much smaller and narrower on the upper stems. 

Flower heads consist of many violet blue ray flowers surrounding a cluster of yellow disc flowers.  The blooms are produced in profusion for a long period in fall.  They are large, showy, prolific and attractive to bees, skippers and butterflies.

Plants grow up to 2-3’ tall with 3’ spread.

Attracts Wildlife

  • Butterflies
  • Pollinators

Attributes

  • East-Coast Native
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Dried Flower
  • Cut Flower
  • Naturalizing
  • Clay Soil
  • Rain Garden
  • Ground Cover
  • Fragrant

Exposure

  • Full Sun to Partial Shade

Deer Resistant

  • Deer Resistant

Flowering Months

  • October
  • September
  • August

Foliage Color

  • Green

Growth Rate

  • Fast

Juglans nigra Tolerance (Black Walnut)

  • Yes

Salt Tolerance

  • Medium

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Fall

Soil Moisture Preference

  • Moist to Dry