aromatic aster ‘October Skies’
Aromatic aster ‘October Skies’ (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium ‘October Skies‘). Some may know that plant taxonomists have segregated the large Asteraceae family into new and different genera. As a result, Aster oblongifolius ‘October Skies‘ is most accurately now recognized as Symphyotrichum oblongifolium ‘October Skies‘.
A. ‘October Skies‘ grows up to 2 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide, and has a low-, shrub-like growth habit that makes the selection a terrific option for mass planting impact. Plants flower from September/October through to the first hard frost, producing dark sky blue daisy-like flowers with yellow centers up to 1.5 in. in diameter. Leaves of this aster are fragrant when crushed.
Flowers attract native bees, honeybees, and bumble bees, serving as a good source of bee forage late into the fall/early winter season. The species, Symphyotrichum oblongifolium, is native to North America east of the Rocky Mountains. ‘October Skies‘ is a lower-growing selection of ‘Raydon’s Favorite’, which itself is a selection of the species.
|Botanical Name||Symphyotrichum oblongifolium ‘October Skies’|
|Common Name||aromatic aster ‘October Skies’|
|USDA Zone||4 thru 8|
|Light Requirement||Full Sun|
|Season(s) of interest||summer, fall|
|Height and Spread||1.5-2ft x 1.5-2ft (45-60cm x 45-60cm)|
|Flower Color||Blue, Purple|
|Attracts Wildlife||Provides Food for Birds, Hosts Caterpillars of Butterflies/Moths, Attracts Pollinators, Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores|
|Additional Information||Cultivated Form of a Native Plant.|
|Location in Lurie Garden||North Dark Plate, Southwest Dark Plate, East Dark Plate|