Low-growing but extremely showy, Aromatic Aster 'October Skies' (Symphyotrichum Oblongifolium) creates mounds of radiant color from late summer to fall with its profuse, rich sky-blue daisy-like flowers with deep yellow centers. The aromatic, bushy, rich blue-green foliage creates a lovely backdrop to these charming flowers. Native to North America, this fall Aster is easy to grow, long lived, brings cheerful fall color and is a great source of nectar for butterflies.
- Typically grows as a compact, multi-stemmed bush, up to 18-24 in. tall (45-60 cm) and 20-24 in. wide (50-60 cm). Deer and rabbit resistant!
- Thrives in full sun in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils. Sandy or clay soils are welcomed. Provide good air circulation to avoid foliage diseases such as powdery mildew. Drought, salt and poor soil tolerant!
- Vital ingredient of late summer and fall borders, cottage gardens, prairies or butterfly gardens. Perfect for containers and small gardens. Valued for the excellent quality of its cut flowers.
- Asters are a must if you are trying to attract birds or butterflies!
- Pinch back stems before midsummer to promote bushiness, produce a greater number of flowers and to control the plant height (to avoid flopping by the plant). Asters may self-seed if grown in ideal conditions. Cutting back after flowering will prevent undesired self-seeding.