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'October Skies' Aster

Symphyotrichum (Aster) oblongifolius 'October Skies'

Named for its dark lavender blue flowers and the month it blooms, 'October Skies' Aster is a tough and durable native perennial. Hardy in zones 5 through 8.

 

'October Skies' Aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolius 'October Skies') covered in flowers

 

 

Pot size: 4.5 in. wide x 5 in. deep (32 fl. oz)

 

 

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Habit

  • 18 to 24 in. tall
  • 3 to 4 ft. wide
  • How to Grow

  • Well-drained soil
  • Sun to part shade – at least 6 hours of direct sun for best flowering
  • Plants are easy to grow and tolerate poor soil and drought. Old flowering stems can be cut to ground level anytime during the winter.

    Where to plant

  • Perennial borders
  • Meadows
  • Butterfly gardens
  • Wildlife

    The flowers are pollinated by:

  • Butterflies and skippers
  • Short and long tongue bees
  • Occasional hummingbirds
  • Reported larval host plant for 112 species of butterfly and moth caterpillars, including:

  • Pearl crescent
  • The asteroid
  • Native habitat and range

  • Dry prairies and rocky slopes
  • Scattered throughout areas of the eastern and midwestern United States
  • Source and origin

    A wild plant, selected and introduced by Primrose Path Nursery.

    Propagation

    To maintain its unique qualities, 'October Skies' Aster must be either propagated by cuttings taken in spring or divided in the spring or fall.