Symphyotrichum oblongifolium, Aromatic Aster

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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 and New York Aster leaves -therefore I tend to call these late bloomers with scented leaves the aromatic aster group. This one is a "bushy" aster that shows good form once it has had a chance to spread over a few years.

Blooms: blue-lavender, September into October

Height: 2 to 3 feet

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