Aster oblongifolius Aromatic Aster Seeds and Potted Plants
(AS-ter  ob-LON-ji-foe-lee-us)

also know as Symphyotrichum oblongifolium
(sim-fy-toh-TRY-kum  ob-long-ee-FOH-lee-um)

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Aromatic Aster, (Aster oblongifolius or Symphyotrichum oblongifolium) flower picture

Aromatic Aster, (Aster oblongifolius or Symphyotrichum oblongifolium) flower picture

Habitat Bloom
Color Height
Moisture Plant
Aster oblongifolius picture,  Symphyotrichum oblongifolium, aromatic aster picture Sun October
Blue with
a Yellow
18" to 30" Dry to
12 to 36

Aromatic Aster, (Aster oblongifolius or Symphyotrichum oblongifolium) flower picture Photo by cj click on photo for larger image

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Aster oblongifolius Aromatic Aster potted plants are $5 each plus Boxing/Shipping.  Please contact us by email or phone with your zip code and number of plants for shipping costs on potted plants.

Aster oblongifolius 
Symphyotrichum oblongifolium
Aromatic Aster

number of seeds

approximate coverage
in square feet

1 packet -  out of seed

200 31 sq ft

1 ounce - 

 50,000 1200 sq ft

1 pound -----------  

 800,000 20,000 sq ft

     Aromatic Aster, (Aster oblongifolius or Symphyotrichum oblongifolium) is a very showy low growing bushy native wildflower with hundreds of daisy type blue-lavender flowers with yellow centers.  Like most Asters, Aromatic Aster is very attractive to butterflies and makes excellent cut flowers.  Aster oblongifolius Aromatic Aster has mounds of gray-green foliage and flower buds creating an interesting display through the summer followed by masses of flowers which are 1.25 inches in diameter. Native Aromatic Aster grows easily and quickly in dry to average conditions and tolerates clay and sandy soils but will benefit from added compost. It derives its common name from foliage which is aromatic when handled.  Aromatic Aster seeds germinate without pretreatment.

Aster oblongifolius Aromatic Aster blooms very late Fall (October/early Nov.)  Seeds are harvested in late Nov./Dec.

Aster oblongifolius is an aromatic native wildflower plant occurring naturally in glades, savannas, prairie uplands and hill prairies from Pennsylvania to North Dakota, and Wyoming, south to Arkansas and New Mexico. Asteraceae (Aster Family)

The map below shows areas where native Aromatic Aster flowers grow wild but it can be planted and will grow over most of the USA.  USDA plant hardiness zones 2 to 8.

Aster oblongifolius
Symphyotrichum oblongifolium
Aromatic Aster


New Mexico
North Carolina
North Dakota

South Dakota
West Virginia

State Distributional Map for Aster oblongifolius, aromatic aster native wildflower seed

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Aster oblongifolius aromatic aster Plant distribution map complements of USDA, NRCS. 2001. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.1
  ( National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.















Alternate Names
Aromatic American aster
Fall aster
Wild blue aster
Shale barren aster
Aster oblongifolius L.
Conservation: Aromatic aster is an adaptable, easy to grow ground cover for dry, sunny locations. It is a native plant and can be part of a good wildlife seed mixture where native grasses and wildflowers are seeded together. Ethno botanical: A tea made from the roots of Asters has been used to treat fevers.
Landscaping and wildlife: Aromatic aster 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. Aromatic aster is attractive to pollinators including: long-tongued bees, short-tongued bees, small to medium-sized butterflies and skippers. Many kinds of insects feed on the foliage and other parts of asters, including the caterpillars of the butterfly Chlosyne nycteis (Silvery Checkerspot) and many moth species. Wild Turkey and other upland game birds eat the seeds and foliage to a limited extent. Mammalian herbivores occasionally eat the foliage of asters, even though their food value is low.
Aromatic aster is listed as rare in Indiana and as threatened in Ohio. Please consult the PLANTS Web site and your State Department of Natural Resources for this plant’s current status (e.g. threatened or endangered species, state noxious status, and wetland indicator values).
Description and Adaptation
Aromatic aster is a native perennial wildflower that grows from 1–3 feet tall. The aster’s rigid stems branch out from the base and give off a balsam-like scent when crushed. The oblong leaves are .5–3 inches long, simple (not made up of multiple leaflets), and alternate (progressing singly up the stem). The flowers are composite with purple 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. There are approximately 30 purple or violet ray florets per flower. The bracts (a modified leaf that arises from the stem at the point where the flower or flower cluster develops) are glandular with long, green, loose or spreading tips. Flowers appear in fall (September-November) and give way to flat, hairy achenes (dry fruits). Aromatic aster spreads by stolons (horizontal stems that produce new plants from buds).
Distribution: Aromatic aster grows in well-drained moist to dry soils in full sun to partial shade. It is widely distributed from New York west to Montana and south to North Carolina and Texas (USDA plant cold hardiness zones 4 – 7). For current distribution, please consult the Plant Profile page for this species on the PLANTS Web site.
Habitat: Aromatic aster is very adaptable as it grows in rocky and sandy soils such as those found in prairies and bluffs as well as in moist woodland habitats.
Seed propagation
Seeds can be collected from wild plants in late fall when the achenes (dry fruits) separate easily from the receptacle. Seeds should be collected in paper bags and allowed to dry for 1–2 weeks. If seeds are sown directly, sow them five-eighths of an inch deep in the fall and sow thickly. Plant a cover crop of a cool-season annual grass over the seedbed to protect seed over the winter. If seeds are to be propagated in a container, they should be stored for 1–3 months at 30–40 degrees Fahrenheit before sowing. Many species of Aster benefit from moisture during the cold storage (stratification) period. Use a perlite/vermiculite mix for stratification. The seed will germinate in 10 to 15 days at 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Germination to true leaf stage is 7 to 15 days. Seedlings should be thinned at this stage.
Vegetative propagation
Propagate by softwood cuttings taken in late spring or by divisions taken in the spring or autumn.
Aromatic aster colonizes by stolons, it needs regular thinning to control its spread. Aromatic aster may open up if it becomes too top-heavy, so prune it back by no more than half in mid-June to keep it thick. Cut it back to the basal rosette (round level ring of leaves at the plants base) after it goes dormant in late fall or early winter. It can be transplanted in the spring or autumn. Aromatic aster prefers neutral to slightly acidic soils.
Pests and Potential Problems
Aromatic Aster is susceptible to many leaf spots, rusts, and mildews which will affect the lower leaves but usually do no permanent damage. The most destructive diseases in the cultivation of asters are various forms of stem-rot. They are of fungal origin and are induced by allowing the plants to remain moist for an extended period of time. The infection usually takes place in the seed-row, but often no effect is noticed until the plants are nearly full-grown, when they suddenly wilt and die. The “yellow disease” causes the plants to have a bleached appearance and to make a spindling growth. Thorough cultivation of the soil is the best preventive.
Environmental Concerns
No concerns at this time.
Cultivars, Improved, and Selected Materials (and area of origin)
There are no recommended cultivars or selected materials at this time. Aromatic aster may be available from commercial nurseries specializing in native plants.