Aster oblongifolius October Skies

October Skies Fragrant Aster

October Skies' is an indespensible native perennial for attracting and feeding butterflies and bees in the fall and blooms with large lavender-blue daisies in mid-fall. This is a bushy, compact Aster is also a drought tolerant species. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
Zones5 - 9
Advantages
Fragrant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
20 to 30"
30 to 40"
40 to 50"
Mature Height15-18" tall
Mature Spread24" wide
Bloom TimeLate summer to early fall
SizeNo
SKU23531

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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15-18" tall x 24" wide. 'October Skies' is an indespensible native perennial for attracting and feeding butterflies and bees in the fall, a time when many perennials are out of flower. This is a bushy, compact fall blooming Aster that covers itself with lavender-blue flowers in mid-fall. This species is commonly known as a fragrant aster and has arromatic foliage. When established this is a drought tolerant species that thrives in a wide range of soil types.
More Information
SKU23531
Common Name
October Skies Fragrant Aster
Botanical Name
Aster oblongifolius October Skies
Zones
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Mature Height
15-18" tall
Mature Spread
24" wide
Bloom Time
Late summer to early fall
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount Of Rain
20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"
Advantages
Fragrant
Ideal Region
Anywhere In The US
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Item Unit Of Measure
Plant
Ships To Canada
No
Planting Guides
Growing Aster (Aster)
These are late summer/fall blooming native wildflowers that are easy-to-grow and provide an ample late season nectar supply for butterflies and bees. As such, they are an indispensible perennial for late season color and for feeding migrating Monarchs. Asters are resistant to browsing rabbits.

    Preferred growing conditions:
  • They grow well in most any type of soil including clay.
  • Mulch with common mulching materials as well as gravel when planted in a xeriscape.
  • Most do well with regular irrigation to keep the soil moderately moist. Some species are more xeric.
  • Plant in full sun or part sun. Some varieties will stretch in too much shade
  • Just a few handfuls of compost and Yum Yum Mix in the planting hole is enough. Don't plant into a rich, highly amended soil.
  • Special comments:
  • Species that spread to form wide growing clumps can be divided in mid-spring.
  • Garden Care:
  • Fertilize in the fall with Yum Yum Mix and good quality compost.
  • Deadheading is not necessary, but will reduce re-seeding of seed-grown varieties.
  • Leave standing over the winter months and cut back hard to 1 to 2" above the ground.
  • If foliage becomes affected with mildew at the end of the growing season, cut back to the ground and remove the leaves/stems to the compost pile or trash.

  • View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
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