Fall aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium)
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Fall aster is a mounding perennial approximately 2 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide with purple aster blooms in fall season. It slowly colonizes by stolons, so thin regularly if you would like to control it. The plant may open up if it gets to top heavy so it is a good idea to keep it thick by pruning it back by no more than half in June. After it goes dormant, wait to cut back to the basal in late fall or late winter.
Fall aster has a tendency to lose its lower leaves as it ages, but giving it a trim rejuvenates the plant. It blooms best when in a sunny, well-drained location, but it will flower it partial shade as well. It will grow in shade but will not flower much.
AT A GLANCE
- Texas native
- Drought tolerant
- Full sun to part shade
- 2 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide
- Wildlife value: birds, butterflies, bees
- Special value to native bees