Symphyotrichum oblongifolium, Aromatic Aster

The latest of the asters to bloom, it can be as late as November if the season doesn't have too many deep freezes. This is one tough aster that can provide for late season bees and flies. S. oblongifolium is named aromatic for its leaves which have a spicy, almost geranium, leaf scent. You'll notice a similar scent to New England Aster leaves. This one slowly spreads outward to become more "bushy" over time.

Blooms: blue-lavender, September into October

Height: 2 to 3 feet

Conditions: sun to pt shade, medium to medium dry soils