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Aster oblongifolius 'October Skies' (October skies aster)

Aster oblongifolius 'October Skies' Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Bluestone Perennials

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Aster oblongifolius 'October Skies' ASS-ter ob-lon-jih-FOE-lee-us Common Name: October skies aster 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.
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
Tolerance Deer Tolerant;Frost Tolerant
Characteristics Attracts Butterflies; Fragrant Foliage; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Fall
Flower Color Blue Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Naturalizing, Waterside
Style Herb Garden, Cottage Garden, Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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