Symphyotrychum (Western OK)

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Plant Information:

Botanical Name:  Symphyotrychum (Western OK)

Common Name: Heirloom Aster (Western OK)

Family: Asteraceae

Origin: US

Type: Perennial

Size: 36" x 36"

Exposure: Sun

Zones: Zone 6-10

Butterflies: Yes

Hummingbirds: No

Container Size: Large Pot Band

You never know from where the next great plant will come. A few years ago I took a detour through a small town near the border of western Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle and saw this Aster in a lady’s garden. She didn’t know its name but remembered receiving it from another lady in town years earlier. I took a start and have enjoyed its bluish-purple blooms each fall since. With large flower heads and clean smooth foliage, it is most likely a selection or cultivar of Aster leavis. That species is native to eastern Oklahoma and states further east although research shows there are a few disjunct populations way out in Northwester Nebraska. We don’t know where it came from but we do know this heirloom plant is a winner.