Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
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  • Aromatic Aster

    SCIENTIFIC NAME: Symphyotrichum oblongifolium (Aster oblongifolius

    COMMON NAMES: Aromatic Aster, Eastern Aromatic Aster

    BLOOM TIMES: Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov


    • Plant 2½ ft. tall.
    • Attractive flower heads have 24-40 purple-blue petal like rays with yellow centers.
    • Flowers turn reddish purple as they mature.
    • Has stiff, spreading, bush-like branches with 3” hairy leaves
    • Flowers have no scent but crushed foliage has a balsam like aroma when crushed.  
    • One of the last wildflower & aster species to bloom in fall prior to heavy frost.
    • This plant is pretty & easy to cultivate in a sunny garden.


    • Many insects visit the flowers, including bees, butterflies, and skippers.
    • Wild turkeys and upland gamebirds may eat the seeds and foliage.
    • Late blooming asters provide nectar for migrating Monarchs.