October skies aster

Aster oblongifolius 'October Skies'

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Bluestone Perennials
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October skies aster (Aster oblongifolius 'October Skies')
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Genus:  Aster
'October Skies' is a dwarf aster that is low to the ground and mounding. It flowers in the fall when most other plants have finished for the season, covering itself with hundreds of dark sky-blue flowers.
Propagation:  Sow seeds in a cold frame in spring or autumn.  Divide or separate runners, preferably in spring, otherwise in autumn. Replant only vigorous, young shoots.
Problems:  Verticillium wilt, gray mold, powdery mildew, rusts, white smut, aster yellows, and many fungal leaf spots and stem cankers are common. Prone to rosy blister gall, aphids, tarsonemid mites, slugs, snails, and nematodes.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Fragrant Foliage,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Fall
Flower Color
Blue Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Naturalizing,
Waterside
Style
Cottage Garden,
Herb Garden,
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Fall Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Frost Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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