Aromatic aster is an adaptable, easy to grow ground cover for dry, sunny locations.
Aromatic aster creates showy mounds of blooms in fall and is excellent for native landscape gardens. Aromatic aster is attractive to pollinators and butterflies. It is a Silvery Checkerspot host.
Cultivars / Varieties
October Skies – 18″. Grows more compact than the species and features attractive deep sky blue flowers.
Raydon’s Favorite – 2-3′. Medium blue, fine textured single ray flowers in September and October
Aromatic Aster – Missouri Botanical Garden
Cut Flower Garden by Erin Benzakein
Asters for the Mid-Atlantic – Mt. Cuba Center
Recommended for Wildlife by
Creating a Wild Backyard – Hummingbirds, Butterflies & Bees – Maryland DNR
Some Favorite Nectar Plants – Washington Area Butterfly Club
Butterfly Gardening in the DC Area – Washington Butterfly Club
Bees, Bugs & Blooms – A pollinator trial – Penn State
For the Birds, Butterflies & Hummingbirds: Creating Inviting Habitats – Virginia Extension
Top Nectar Plants, Piedmont (Central Maryland) by North American Butterfly Association
Butterflies of Maryland: A biological summary and checklist by Maryland DNR
Clarence A. Rechenthin, hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database