Aster, Aromatic (Aster oblongifolius), packet of 100 seeds

$3.95

Family:  Aster (Asteraceae)

Hardy to Zones 3 to 8

(Aromatic Aster, Syn. Symphyotrichum oblongifolium) Herbaceous perennial  to 3 feet tall, native to Eastern and Central US.  Bearing hundreds of showy blossoms in summer to fall, butterflies flock to this plant.  Medicinal uses according to Jim McDonald (TWM, TNA): “dried blossoms snuffed, or the vapor inhaled as a steam. Aster tea was used to treat earache, relieve gas pains, stomach aches, & fevers. The flowers and roots were both commonly used.”  The foliage is aromatic when crushed.  Sow seed in spring.  Barely cover and keep evenly moist until germination.  Work up in pots and transplant to garden once sufficiently sized to withstand the rigors of out-of-doors.  The plant does well in full sun and mesic to dry conditions, is tolerant of clay soils and sand, although application of organic compost will increase its size, vigor, and floriferousness.  Space plants 1 foot apart.

100 seeds per packet, Open Pollinated, Untreated, NO GMO’s

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  1. Question

    Christine Owensby

    I have 2 King Henry I have experimented with growing in pots, protecting them under a big tree for afternoon shade in zone 9B where it gets 100+ tips and we also get freezing temps, so, I protect them in both seasons. Do you think these may do the same if I keep them in the pots? Have not tried putting them anywhere else for this these reasons.

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      Richo Cech

      Hi Christine, if you like to keep your asters in pots then that is fine, but I personally find them to be large and rangy and very good for general garden application, planted right in the dirt.
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    Janet L Kuenzi

    What are the medicinal uses of this plant and how tall does it get with some organic compost and reasonable amount of water?

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      Richo Cech

      Hi Janet,
      Family:  Aster (Asteraceae)

      Hardy to Zones 3 to 8

      Herbaceous perennial  to 3 feet tall, native to Eastern and Central US.  Bearing hundreds of showy blossoms in summer to fall, butterflies flock to this plant.  Medicinal uses according to Jim McDonald (TWM, TAM): “dried blossoms snuffed, or the vapor inhaled as a steam. Aster tea was used to treat earache, relieve gas pains, stomach aches, & fevers. The flowers and roots were both commonly used.”  The foliage is aromatic when crushed.  Sow seed in spring.  Barely cover and keep evenly moist until germination.  Work up in pots and transplant to garden once sufficiently sized to withstand the rigors of out-of-doors.  The plant does well in full sun and mesic to dry conditions, is tolerant of clay soils and sand, although application of organic compost will increase its size, vigor, and floriferousness.  Space plants 1 foot apart.

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