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Aster oblongifolius 'October Skies'

Aromatic aster / syn. Symphyotrichum oblongifolium

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The flowers of this aster really are the color of October skies. This is a more compact, low, mounded version of ‘Raydon’s Favorite’. This is a butterfly favorite and also makes an excellent cut flower. Tolerates drought once established. Deer tend to leave this plant alone.

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.


Height
18 in

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Spread
18 in

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

Native Range

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

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Deer Resistant
Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Medium Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist but well-drained
Bloom Time
Fall
Late Summer
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
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Maryland
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
New Mexico
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Pennsylvania
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin