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October Skies Aster

American Beauties Native Plants

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MSRP: $45.49
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This product does not ship to: Idaho
  • Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 12 - 18 Inches
  • Mature Spread 2 - 3 Feet
  • Growing Zones 5 - 8

With its purple-blue blooms and yellow centers, the October Skies Aster is a great perennial for adding some late-season color to the garden. Known botanically as Aster oblongifolius 'October Skies', this Michaelmas daisy produces a mass of small flowers in late summer on a low mound of green-gray foliage. As a compact perennial, it is ideal for many spaces and is loved by wildlife. 

As a deer-resistant plant, the October Skies Aster is ideal for any rural garden. It is a low-maintenance perennial and can even cope with drought-like conditions once established. Originally from North America, its foliage is fragrant when crushed, hence its common name of aromatic aster. October Skies is perfectly suited to growing in cottage garden schemes, herbaceous borders, and containers. 

October Skies Aster Care

For the best blooms, grow October Skies Aster in full sun. It prefers well-drained soil and can even tolerate a poor substrate if need be. Even though this aster can handle dry conditions once mature, it will need frequent watering to help it establish. Fertilizing is not strictly necessary; however, a slow-release, balanced feed can be applied in spring to encourage a dazzling show. 

With a propensity to self-seed, this aster can be cut back to a few inches above soil level after blooming to prevent it from spreading. When grown in a container, more frequent watering will be required than if grown in the ground. Pots should be moved under cover to ride out the worst of the winter weather. 

October Skies Aster Spacing

When mature, October Skies Aster can reach 12-18 inches high and 24-36 inches wide. If growing this aster in a group or a drift, space plants 24-36 inches for best performance. 

October Skies Aster Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 - 8
Plant Type: Perennials
Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 12 - 18 Inches
Mature Spread: 2 - 3 Feet
Spacing: 2 - 3 Feet
Habit: Mounded
Flower Color(s): Purple
Flower Description: Purple
Bloom Period: Spring
Foliage Type: Herbaceous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Fall Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: Deer, Rabbit, Disease, Pests & Insects
Tolerates: Drought, Salt
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
Container Role:
Uses: Borders
Features: Attracts Pollinators
Brand:
Common Name: October Skies Aster
Other Name(s): October Skies' Aromatic Aster
Scientific Name: Aster o. 'October Skies'
SKU:
1231014947-pc

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
 Volume:
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:
   Quart

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
 Volume:
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
 Volume:
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
 Volume:
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
 Volume:
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
 Volume:
   2.32-2.76 gallons


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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

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We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location


Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.