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Aromatic Aster

Symphyotrichum oblongifolium (formerly known as Aster oblongifolius)

Blooms late in year even after frost; shrub-like dotted with many flowers; easy to grow in dry places


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Symphyotrichum oblongifolium, commonly called aromatic aster, is a native perennial forb (wildflower) that typically occurs on limestone glades, slopes, prairies and dry open ground.

Wildlife notes

Many insects visit the flowers, including long-tongued bees, short-tongued bees, small to medium-sized butterflies, and skippers. These insects seek nectar primarily, although the bees also collect pollen. Many kinds of insects feed on the foliage and other parts of asters. The Wild Turkey and possibly other upland gamebirds eat the seeds and foliage to a limited extent. Mammalian herbivores occasionally eat the foliage of asters, even though their food value is low.

Forage notes

No available information at this time. Please let us know if you have any experience with this species.

Landscaping notes

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Does well in sandy or clay soils. Generally tolerates poor soils and drought. Good cut flower. Attractive to butterflies. Open shade gardens, native plant gardens or woodland gardens. Good for mass planting.

Restoration notes

Habitats include mesic to dry gravel prairies, dolomite prairies, gravelly hill prairies, limestone glades, and rocky bluffs along major rivers.

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Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun to Part Shade




24" – 30"


Light Purple, Gold

Bloom Month

Sep, Oct

Specialty Uses


Seeding Rate

4 bulk lbs/acre

What is PLS?

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