Aster, Aromatic (Aster oblongifolius), potted plant, organic
$7.50 – $50.00
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.
Potted plant, certified organically grown