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Symphyotrichum oblongifolium / Aromatic Aster (Aster Family)

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One of the last asters to bloom in the fall, you and the bees can enjoy purple blooms well into November. Bright yellow centers of flowers will turn a deep red once pollinated–a fun change to watch as the bloom progresses. This shrub-like aster will spread moderately fast through a robust system of underground rhizomes. Its the leaves when crushed that give off an aroma rather than the flowers themselves.
Blooms: Blue-violet, 6-8 weeks, Oct-Nov
Leaves: Medium green, 2”, lanceolate, simple, smooth, evergreen basal rosette
Height: 1-3’
Space: 2-3’
Soil: Avg.
Exposure: Full sun to Part Sun
Fauna: Bees, flies, butterflies, other small insects, host plant to several species of moths and butterflies
Seeds: Small tufts of tan hair attached to seeds
Deer Resistance: High
Zone: 3-8
Native Status: NC native, uncommon in the mountains
Provenance: Unknown, asexually propagated