Symphyotrychum patens var. Patentissimus

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Plant Information:

Botanical Name:  Symphyotrychum patens var. Patentissimus

Common Name: Late Purple Aster

Family: Asteraceae

Origin: Central US

Type: Native Perennial

Size: 30"h x 30"w

Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade

Zones: Zone 5-10

Butterflies: Yes

Hummingbirds: No

Container Size: Large Pot Band

Several years ago while collecting seeds in Sequoyah County in eastern Oklahoma, I came across this attractive native perennial. In our nursery display gardens, we like its non-spreading well behaved habit and adore its butterfly attracting duskypurple flower heads that appear each fall. There are three varieties of Aster patens that occur in Oklahoma with var. patentissimus being found in the Ozark Mountains. It often occurs as a tetraploid plant.