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Aster oblongifolius ‘October Skies’
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Aromatic Aster

Aster oblongifolius October Skies

Aster

Michaelmas Daisies

We never tire of Aster’s cheerful daisy faces and the profusion of colors and sizes that make up this genus, from 6 ft. giants to tiny dwarf alpines. Our Asters, large and small, are tried and true performers in ordinary garden soil and full sun. Generally late summer bloomers, they provide lots of oomph when other perennials have petered out.

Aster oblongifolius ‘October Skies’ full sun

Named for copius sunny-centered, fine-rayed daisies which mirror the azure atmosphere of a New England autumn day, this Aster was also selected for its tidy short stature and easygoing, stalwart disposition. Its small, narrow green leaves emit a light scent when handled and form a close-knit, low bushy mound, withstanding poor sites with dry, rocky or sandy soils. While the species is one of the last wildflowers to bloom in the eastern U.S., 'October Skies's lavender-blue flowers naturally look good after an early frost, make a jaunty additional to an arrangement and always beckon butterflies or other winged visitors.

Blooms September-October

Size: 18" high x 18"–2' 0" wide. 5

Aster oblongifolius ‘October Skies’ (P-1241)
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