This late summer and autumn bloomer will become a favorite in your garden. It flowers profusely with bright violet-purple, daisy-like flowers and is truly a butterfly magnet. It makes a terrific cut flower. Easy to grow and is resistant to disease. Deer and rabbits tend to leave this plant alone. Introduced by Holbrook Farm.
Covered in violet-blue flowers from August well into fall
A preferred nectar source for many butterfly species
Deer resistant and drought tolerant once established
Host plant for Silvery Checkerspot Butterflies
Low maintenance, easy to grow
Considered to be of special value to native bees
Native to dry prairies and rocky slopes in the Central and Eastern United States.
The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Plant Evaluation Program conducted a comparative study of 119 different asters. Aster olbongifolius‘Raydon’s Favorite’ was one of 7 asters that received the highest rating.
Grow in full sun in average to dry soil. Cut back after flowering to prevent the spread of variable seedlings.