Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Aromatic Aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium)
    Aster Family
    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: Purple, 6-8 weeks, Oct-Nov
    Leaves: Medium green, 2”, lanceolate, simple, smooth, evergreen basal rosette
    Height: 1-3’
    Space: 2-3’
    Soil: Avg-Dry
    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: VA, seed grown