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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