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Audubon® Aromatic Aster
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Just when you think the flowering season is over, and then—BAM!—Aromatic Aster puts on an amazing show. Starry lavender blooms cover this dense, bushy Spirit in October and even into November. Late-migrating butterflies are grateful for the sustenance its blossoms provide them on their long journeys. In winter, resident birds will enjoy the seeds that form in place of the flowers. And, throughout the growing season, birds will feed on the numerous insects that eat Aster foliage. Aromatic Aster is a top performer in backyard bird and butterfly habitats—make it a key component in yours!
May Benefit & Attract: cardinals & grosbeaks, wrens, sparrows, thrushes, orioles, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, vireos
Take Birds Under Your Wing
New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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- Hardiness Zone: 3-8
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Recommended by Our Growers
Aromatic Aster is so-named because of its fragrant foliage. In the wild, this native Spirit is found throughout much of the U.S., from the Plains states to the Northeast. It often appears on dry, rocky sites—a good indication that this is one of the most drought-tolerant Asters you can buy. Aromatic Aster is also different from other Asters in that it flowers so late. Plant it next to an earlier bloomer, like New England Aster, to extend the flowering season and give pollinators a continuous source of nourishment in late summer and autumn.
Aromatic Aster is one Aster species that is preferred as a host plant by the Pearl Crescent butterfly. This sweet little orange, black, and cream butterfly is a familiar sight in the garden whenever its favorite plants are around!
How to Grow
Aromatic Aster will look its best when a few simple practices are followed. First, be sure to plant it in full sun, in an open space with good air flow, and water it well during dry spells. These things will keep leaf diseases like powdery mildew at bay. Second, cut plants down by half when they reach one to two feet tall. This will produce a bushier plant that is less apt to flop later on. And finally, divide your Asters in spring if performance starts to decline. Just dig up chunks and replant, discarding any weak or woody sections. Cut spend plants to the ground in late winter or early spring.
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