A welcome dash of cool, rich color for your pollinator or native plant garden. 'October Skies' aster looks unassuming most of the season, with deep green spiky foliage that's handsome enough - but come autumn, it bursts forth with adorable lavender-blue daisy-like flowers. They provide much needed nectar for butterflies and other pollinators at the crucial late-season stage and bring color and interest to the garden, too.
'October Skies' is deer and rabbit resistant (though rabbits may nibble it in early spring if other food sources are scarce, this doesn't seem to impact later performance) and less susceptible to powdery mildew than other types.
Plant size: 1.5-2' tall and wide
Light: full sun (6+ hrs/day)
Hardiness: USDA zone 3-8 (Find your hardiness zone)
Pollinator value: attracts an array of pollinators, especially native bees
Notable features: fragrant, native, long blooming.
Pot size: one quart
Plant name: Symphyotrichum oblongifolius 'October Skies'