Aster oblongifolius 'Raydon's Favorite'
Raydon's Favorite Aromatic Aster

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Raydon's Favorite Aromatic Aster is a small mounding native perennial known for the minty scent of its foliage.   It sports a hairy stem with rough, hairy lance-like green leaves and flowers with the signature purple with orange-yellow centers that only blooms in fall.  The flowers are attractive to butterflies and bees.  Grows best in full sun and rich, moist soils.  Raydon's Favorite is fairly drought tolerant, but excessive dry conditions will reduce bloom.

Type: 

Perennial

Height: 

2’ - 3’

Spread: 

2’ - 3’

Spacing: 

3’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

3 - 8

Culture: 

Full SunPartial Sun

Bloom Color: 

Purple

Season of Interest: 

Fall

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Low maintenance plant. Susceptible to powdery mildew if soils poorly-drained. Can cut stalks after flowering to prevent self-seeding.

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

COMPANION PLANTS: Stoke's AsterSwitch GrassBluestar 

Photo: Photo by David J. Stang, Aster oblongifolius Raydons Favorite 1zzCC BY-SA 4.0

 

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