Aster oblongifolius 'October Skies'

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Aromatic Aster

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-7

A very floriferous Aster with blooms of lavender-blue. This Aster is very hardy and reliable. Foliage is fragrant and elongated.

Height

18-24 Inches

Spread

24 Inches

Color

Blue/Purple

Interesting Notes

This has a more blue tone than 'Raydon's Favorite'. This Aster is planted in the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park.

Bloom Time

August- September

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

This Aster does not need to be pinched back for fullness! Divide every 3 years to maintain vigor. Thrives in a sunny spot.

When to Divide

early spring or fall, every 3 years to retain vigor

Good Companions

Sea Thrift (Armeria maritima), Silver Mound (Artemisia schmidtiana), Blackberry Lily (Belamcanda chinensis), Bolton's Aster (Boltonia asteroides), Variegated Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis acutiflora), Maiden Pinks (Dianthus deltoides), Coneflower (Echinacea Mango Meadowbrite), Showy Geranium (Geranium magnificum), Daylily (Hemerocallis ), Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum superbum), Spiked Gayfeather (Liatris spicata), Blue Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum), Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia), Goldenrod (Solidago rugosa), Baby's Breath (Gypsophila )

Characteristics & Attributes

Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Attributes & Uses
Cut Flowers
Containers
Exposure
Full Sun
Foliage Color
Green
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Fall
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Fall
Summer
Soil Moisture Preference
Well-drained
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