Interesting Plant: Symphyotrichum oblongifolius (Purple Aster)

Purple aster

Discovered via Pinterest User, Jennifer Coots

I see these asters here in the neighborhood every year, although I don’t have any of my own. That said, it would fit the purple and gold theme in the front garden quite well. I love purple in almost all its shades, so it would be a pleasant addition.

Looking back on oner plants I have highlighted here in Interesting Plants, I wonder if pairing this with some of the “black” flowers mentioned earlier would be interesting. Hmmmm….

Symphyotrichum oblongifolium (Aromatic Aster) is a species of Aster native to parts of eastern and central United States. It is found in parts of Kansas,[1]Ohio, northern Illinois, hilly parts of southern Illinois, and on the banks of the Mississippi River and Illinois River,[2] as well as other parts of the central United States, for example, in Missouri and other places including along the Ohio River,[3] from Pennsylvania to Nebraska to Minnesota to Virginia.[4] It is an uncommon herbaceousperennial.[5]” —  Wikipedia

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Previously in the Interesting Plant series: 

Interesting Plant is a series from A Gardener’s Notebook blog and podcast that highlights the most interesting plants I find in my Internet and real-world travels — Douglas