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Raydon's Favorite Aromatic Aster

Symphyotrichum oblongifolium 'Raydon's Favorite'
SKU: HC015195
per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
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Aster oblongifolius 'Raydon's Favorite' (Aromatic Aster) is an essential fall-blooming perennial with showy violet-blue flowers that attract butterflies. A highly rated garden performer that is widely adapted and grows in a variety of soil types.
key features
Botanical Name
Symphyotrichum oblongifolium 'Raydon's Favorite'
Growing Zones
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Native, Bee Friendly, Attracts Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Easy To Grow, Long Bloom Time, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Mass Plantings, Erosion Control
Soil Moisture
Waterwise, Average
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
24-36" tall
Bloom Time
Early to late fall


Aster oblongifolius 'Raydon's Favorite' (Aromatic Aster) is one of our most reliable native perennial asters.  It has a strikingly beautiful mounded appearance with attractive foliage. Blooming in mid- to late fall, it displays large clusters of blue-purple, daisy-like flowers on a 2-3 ft. tall multi-stemmed plant. Highly attractive to native bees and butterflies, this plant is an essential nectar source for pollinating insects preparing for winter. Vigorous and unfussy in the garden, 'Raydon's Favorite' Aster grows in rocky, loam and clay soils and withstands difficult growing conditions very well.  It was a top-rated selection in the Chicago Botanic Garden trials, exhibiting exceptional flower production and outstanding winter hardiness. Plant it with Gold Standard Tickseed (Coreopsis 'Gold Standard'), Santa Fe Perennial Sunflower (Helianthus 'Santa Fe'), Prairie Dropseed Grass (Sporobolus) and Santa Fe Phlox (Phlox nana). Nearly of heirloom status and grown for many years, it was introduced into cultivation by San Antonio gardener Raydon Alexander, who got it in the wilds of Tennessee .
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