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Aster oblongifolius 'Raydon's Favorite'

Aromatic aster / syn. Symphyotrichum oblongifolium

This late summer and autumn bloomer will become a favorite in your garden. It flowers profusely with bright violet-purple, daisy-like flowers and is truly a butterfly magnet. It makes a terrific cut flower. Easy to grow and is resistant to disease. Deer and rabbits tend to leave this plant alone. Introduced by Holbrook Farm.

Benefits

  • Covered in violet-blue flowers from August well into fall
  • A preferred nectar source for many butterfly species
  • Deer resistant and drought tolerant once established
  • Host plant for Silvery Checkerspot Butterflies
  • Low maintenance, easy to grow
  • Considered to be of special value to native bees

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow in full sun in average to dry soil. Cut back after flowering to prevent the spread of variable seedlings.


Height
2-3 ft

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Spread
1 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Native Range

Native to dry prairies and rocky slopes in the Central and Eastern United States.

Native Trivia

The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Plant Evaluation Program conducted a comparative study of 119 different asters.  Aster olbongifolius‘Raydon’s Favorite’ was one of 7 asters that received the highest rating.

Good Companions
Goldenrod (Solidago rugosa), Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida)

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Deer Resistant
Plan Sub Group
Medium Perennials
Medium to Tall Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Acidic
Heavy clay
Saline or alkaline
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist but well-drained
Bloom Time
Fall
Late Summer
Critter Resistance
Rabbit Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Native Habitat
Grassland
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Accent
Border
Cut or dried flower
Drought tolerant
Erosion control
Fragrant
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Colorado
District of Columbia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Maryland
Minnesota
Mississippi
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Montana
Nebraska
New Mexico
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Ohio
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Texas
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin
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