Fall Aster, Aster oblongifolius, is an evergreen, perennial, xeriscapic bush-like, flowering plant. This means that the Fall Aster has foliage that remains green year round, it does not die back in the fall and winter, requires very little water and blooms each year. It is also deer resistant and attracts butterflies. It is also a plant that is a Texas native.
Blooms and Leaves:
Fall Aster lives up to its name by blooming during the fall months of the year with purple daisy-like flowers that are up to 1 ¼” in width. The stems of this Aster are generally stiff and branch out giving it a bushy appearance that can get as big as 3′ by 3′ when mature. The blooms of the Fall Aster do not have a smell but the leaves do if they are crushed.
Caring for the Fall Aster begins with choosing the perfect spot in the landscape to place it whether you are planting it in a permanent spot or are putting it in a container. This area can receive either part or full sunlight, it can have a little salt in a well-drained soil. However, the Fall Aster grows best in full sun and soils that are drier such as a poor, rocky open area. Being xeriscapic and a Texas native species, Fall Aster tolerates some heat and does not require a lot of water. Older Fall Asters may need to be pruned to keep them from losing their older leaves and becoming too leggy looking.
Fall Asters are among the very last flowers to bloom in the fall being perfect for those landscapes that require color longer. It is perfect for a strategically planned butterfly garden or that rocky area that you can not decide what to do with. Deer and other wildlife do not find it appetizing so it could be used where color is wanted but wildlife is abundant. USDA hardiness zones for this beautiful Aster ranges from zone 7 to zone 10.
Fall Aster is one more beautiful native of Texas plant that should be considered when planning a Texas landscape. It not only provides color and beauty when most other blooming plants have stopped it is fairly easy to grow and care for. This just might be the one plant that is missing in your grand landscape scheme.
Plants For Texas