Aromatic aster – Symphyotrichum oblongifolium
Another great choice for late-blooming natives in the garden. Aromatic aster forms a densely-branched, compact mound covered with an abundance of violet-blue flowers. A long-lived, long blooming, and tough plant that forms small colonies from underground rhizomes. Leaves are fragrant when crushed. The purple flowers attract a multitude of pollinator species, and are of special value to native bees. Typically grows 1-2′, less tall than the Smooth blue aster. Grows in full sun to part-day, open shade and will tolerate poor soils. Keep away from taller neighbors in the garden. Also good as a cut flower. Plant this native instead of chrysanthemums for fall color!
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