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Aster oblongifolium 'October Skies'

October Skies Aromatic Aster

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October Aromatic Aster is a compact native perennial with stiff hairy blue--green lance like foliage Clusters of small sky blue flowers with yellow centers bloom from late summer into fall, and becomes a darker blue in October.  Grows best in full sun and dry to medium well-drained soils.  

Aster oblongifolium is a host of the Silvery Checkerspot Butterflies and of several moths.

Type: 

Perennial

Height: 

1.5’ - 2’

Spread: 

1.5’ - 2’

Spacing: 

1.5’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

3 - 8

Culture: 

Full Sun

Bloom Color: 

Blue

Season of Interest: 

Summer, Fall

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Low Maintenance Plant. Susceptible to powdery mildew if in poorly-drained soil.  Cut stalks after flowering to prevent self-seeding.

LANDSCAPE USES: Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland GardensWildlife GardensNaturalized Areas, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS: SalviaDianthusPhlox

IMAGES: Photos by Andrey Zharkikh, (1) Symphyotrichum oblongifolium 'October Skies' syn. Aster oblongifolius), (2) 2014.09.18_18.31.51_DSCN1916, (3) 2014.09.18_18.31.02_DSCN1913, (4) UlimwSymphyotrichum oblongifolium october skies aster oblongifolius Ulimw 2020CC BY-SA 4.0, (5) QuadellOctober Skies Aster aster oblongifolius 1CC BY 3.0

*As plants have ranges in appearance they may not appear as the images shown.


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