Symphyotrichum oblongifolium (Aster oblongifolius)
Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry). Drought tolerant.
Sun: Full Sun
Height: 1-2 feet
Bloom: August – October
Suggested Uses: Aromatic asters are native to upland prairies and open woods and grow particularly well on rocky, sandy and gravelly soils. They are a great addition to a rock garden. The lavender to violet, daisy-like flowers are especially good at attracting pollinating insects and provide a late-season source of food.
Native Range: Native to the Great Plains and Appalachia. Native throughout Minnesota except in the Northeast.
Pollinators: Bees, butterflies and moths. High-value nectar source for adult monarch butterflies.
Flowers: Compound, daisy-like, 1.5″ in diameter. Disk flowers are golden yellow and ray flowers are purple.
Leaves: The rough, toothless leaves grow from a sticky or hoary stem. Leaves have a pleasant fragrance when crushed!
More information: USDA plant profile