Group of purple blooming aster oblongifolius 'October Skies' (Aromatic Aster) in pots.

Symphyotrichum oblongifolium 'October Skies' (Aromatic Aster) Unity Grown

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Symphyotrichum oblongifolium (syn. Aster oblongifolius) 'October Skies' is a vigorous, mounding perennial aster cultivar noted for its dwarf growth habit (only reaching 18" tall) and deep, sky-blue to purple flowers. Abundant blooms last from August well into October, providing nectar and seed for pollinators and wildlife into the colder months.

This attractive cultivar of aromatic aster offers a sustainable alternative to fall mums and is an excellent, hardy choice for a variety of garden environments, tolerating drought, erosion, and poor or clay-rich soils. Symphyotrichum oblongifolium 'October Skies' prefers full sun and medium to dry moisture content; this cultivar also works as an excellent groundcover, blocking out weedy invasives, while also being less aggressive than the straight species.

Native to U.S. and Native to Maryland
Mature Plant Height: Short: 12-29"
Deciduous
Sun (6+ hours)
Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry and Well-drained
Soil Type: Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Summer and Fall
Flower Color: Purple and Blue
Foliage color: Green
Features: Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Birds, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Wildlife, Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths, Keystone Plant, Fragrant, and Fall Color
Tolerances: Deer Tolerant, Rabbit Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Salt Tolerant, Clay Soil Tolerant, and Black Walnut Tolerant
Garden Type: Pollinator Garden, Meadow, Small Space, Rock Garden, and Rain Garden

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