Aromatic aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium)

Aster family (Asteraceae) | Wildflowers and Herbs plant group | Also known as Aromatic American aster, Fall aster, Wild blue aster, Shale barren aster
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Aromatic aster is a native perennial wildflower that grows from 1–3 feet tall. The aster’s rigid stems branch out from the base.  The name derives from the balsam-like scent when stems are crushed or broken.

Identification Hints

Flowers of the Aromatic aster appear in fall (September-November) and are composite with purple to violet ray flowers along their edges and yellow disk flowers within the center. Ray flowers usually have a petal which radiates outward from the composite flower's center. The oblong leaves are .5 to 3 inches long and alternate, progressing singly up the stem. 

Did You Know?

Aromatic aster is an adaptable, easy to grow ground cover for dry, sunny locations. It creates showy mounds of blooms in fall and is excellent for native landscape gardens. Asters will grow on disturbed sites and can be used for wildlife habitat restoration.  A tea made from the roots of asters has been used to treat fevers.  

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