Botanical Name: Symphotrichum oblongifolius
Plant Family: Aster (Asteraceae)
Description: Aromatic aster produces masses of purple flowers in the fall on mounded plants growing 1-2' tall and wide. Typically the longest lasting blooms in our pollinator garden, the plant is electric with bees and other pollinators late into the season.
Growing Conditions: Undemanding, grows in rocky, sandy, and dry soil. Prefers full sun.
Bloom Time: Late, Aug - Sep
Bloom Color: Purple
Benefit to pollinators/wildlife: All asters are an important late season nectar source.
Native Status: US native, PA native
Location in habitat: Pollinator Demonstration Garden