Symphyotrichum oblongifolium (Aromatic Aster) [25 Seeds]


Germination Information: I have not grown aromatic aster from seed myself. I started with a purchased plant many years ago and just let it self-sow (which it will readily do, if you don’t cut it back after flowering). So, I will give you a couple of options.

One approach is to surface-sow the seeds in fall to early winter, setting them outdoors in a spot protected from mice so they can get a natural chilling period and then germinate when conditions are right in spring.

It is also possible that these seeds could germinate if you sow them in warm, moist, bright conditions. But if you try that and no seedlings appear within 3 weeks or so, then try giving the pot an artificial chilling period of about a month.

Note that this information will not be on the seed packet you receive.

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Fragrance isn’t something that you normally associate with asters, and in this case, “aromatic” refers to the foliage, not the flowers. It’s only noticeable when you brush against the leaves: a sort of spicy scent that makes it pleasant to work around. The main reason to grow aromatic aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium), though, is its super-abundance of fall flowers in shades of purple-blue. Expect them to draw a wide variety of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators looking for late-season pollen and nectar. The growth habit tends to be mounded, usually in the range of 1 to 2 feet tall and 2 feet wide but sometimes larger in good garden soil, with stiff, many-branched stems that give a very dense appearance. Native to parts of central and eastern North America. Full sun; average, well-drained to dry soil. Perennial; Zones 3 to 8.

Collected in early November 2022. At least 25 seeds. Unknown ecotype.

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