Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
Gerald L. Klingaman
ASTER oblongifolius 'Raydon's Favorite'
Clouds of lavender-blue flowers cover this bushy, relatively compact aromatic aster from early to mid-autumn. This favorite cultivar was bred at Holbrook Farm Nursery, in Fletcher, North Carolina; an establishment that has since closed.
This North American native aster is among the best perennials for providing bold masses of late-season color. Lots of cool daisies with fine petals and yellow centers appear in late summer and fall on stout, many-branched stems. A single plant can have a dozen or more flower stems. The blooms are irresistible to butterflies as well as other beneficial insects that flock to this late-season nectar source. The foliage is remarkably fragrant when crushed, hence its common name.
Full sun and well-drained soil with average fertility are key requirements for aromatic aster. Neutral to alkaline soil is preferred. Once established this tough perennial will tolerate heat and drought. Wild-type plants can become quite tall, so it is often necessary to stake the flower-laden stems. If pinched back by ¼ in early summer this aster will be more compact, have denser branching, and produce more flowers.
Showy wildflowers like this offer effortless beauty to home side perennial borders and naturalistic plantings alike. Gardeners keen on butterflies should also consider planting aromatic aster.
8 - 1
5 - 9
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m
Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall
North America, Europe, Asia
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Yellow, Blue, Lavender
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