Symphyotrichum oblongifolium (Aster oblongifolius) 'Raydon's Favorite' (Aromatic Aster)

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Symphyotrichum oblongifolium (syn. Aster oblongifolius) 'Raydon's Favorite' is an award winning mound-forming aromatic aster cultivar that was praised as the 2016 Plant of the Year by the Garden Club of America. 'Raydon's Favorite' forms mounds of two to three feet in height and produces profuse fragrant blooms in shades of blue and purple, which are a favorite of both birds and butterflies in the late summer and early fall.

This aromatic aster cultivar prefers full sun exposure and medium to dry soils, but still has a high degree of adaptability to a diversity of soil types and tolerance of drier conditions and clay soil. Symphyotrichum oblongifolium 'Raydon's Favorite' is also tolerance of herbivore browsing, and makes for an excellent border planting, container plant, or as groundcover in a variety of locations.

Native to U.S. and Native to Maryland
Mature Plant Height: Medium: 30-48"
Deciduous
Sun (6+ hours)
Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry and Well-drained
Soil Type: Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Summer and Fall
Flower Color: Blue and Purple
Foliage color: Green
Features: Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Birds, Attracts Pollinators, Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths, Keystone Plant, Fall Color, and Fragrant
Tolerances: Deer Tolerant, Rabbit Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Clay Soil Tolerant, Black Walnut Tolerant, and Salt Tolerant
Garden Type: Pollinator Garden, Meadow, Small Space, Container, and Rock Garden

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