Sunday, September 19, 2010

Aromatic Aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium)

We have a wonderful aster blooming now in our front meadow garden in the mountains.

It's an Eastern US native (formerly Aster oblongifolius, now Symphyotrichum oblongifolium).   Asters have been split up into three genera now, following modern taxonomic techniques, and their new generic names sound unfamiliar, but are accepted.

The flowers on these plants are currently covered with honeybees, bumblebees, and butterflies, and they make a wonderful addition to the fall-flowering asters to use in gardening, as they're low and spreading.  This looks like a great plant!

1 comment:

  1. I have these asters all over my garden and let them seed themselves...They look sort of 'nothing' all summer, but once they bloom~it's wonderful! gail


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