Texas Gardening forum: Looking for aster - Symphyotrichum oblongifolium

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Name: Betsy
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piksihk
Jun 9, 2017 7:55 PM CST
Also called fall aster, Texas native, and aromatic aster.

Who's growing these? And do you have seeds to share?

Visited LBJ wildflower center on Wednesday and found the name of this aster planted several places so this must be the one we've been looking for.

A friend purchased this aster many years ago at their sale; unfortunately she lost it because the lawn person kept weeding it -
Anyway, she has been trying to replace it.

So can anyone help?

While the earth remains, Seed time and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease. Gen. 8:22
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tx_flower_child
Jul 5, 2017 9:24 PM CST
@piksihk Ask me in the fall. I have 2 asters that have been called 'fall asters' and 'blue asters' and 'blue fall asters'. I did not grow them from seed but don't remember where I bought them. (Only a few possibilities.) So anyway, someone who was doing some yard work for me last fall (and who will never do yard work for me again) transplanted them into my perennial bed. They are now growing like weeds, are way too close to each other, and I cut them way back today. Don't know if that was good or bad but they were crowding each other and everyone else so I grabbed some hand pruners and went to town on them. When and if fall comes around, and if I didn't murder the plants today, I'll know if they are blue, etc.

So remember to remind me.
Name: Donald
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needrain
Jul 5, 2017 10:21 PM CST
@piksihk Betsy
I'm wondering if it's the same as this one. This is a native plant here. You occasionally see it in the roadside ditches along the road and it crops up here and there. I think I moved this from the unpaved country road by my house a few years ago, but I might have taken it from somewhere here on the property. It wasn't happy about being moved, but it did survive and, in time, made these clumps. It is planted in a limestone outcropping which has been allowed to revert back to whatever decides to grow there. It's still there, but it's among a lot of weeds. It blooms very late and sometimes late enough that the blooms are killed by a late frost here. I identified it as Symphyotrichum oblongifolium at the time.
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Donald
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tx_flower_child
Jul 5, 2017 10:39 PM CST
So actually, the real or one of the real reasons I cut mine back today was that it looked like it was starting to grow flower buds. I might not know what mine really is, but I do know it is supposed to bloom in the fall. And to the extent that I can see the buds in those pictures, I'd say we have the same plant. (Yes, I know. The Astors are a longline of blue bloods.) The weather where I am might as well be Fall, whenever that may be in Texas. It's been cooler than usual (not complaining) and I've lost track of how much rain I've had in my rain gauge. Dumped out 1/2" today and now we had a thunderstorm tonight. Maybe my plants are confused. Maybe I'm confused.
Name: Betsy
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piksihk
Jul 6, 2017 9:41 AM CST
@tx_flower_child and @needrain, thanks you two for offering.
Donald, those do look like the one my friend has been searching for. Like I said, we purchased them at LBJ wildflower and they had these planted inn several areas. If you can catch some seeds or thin them back, I would be glad to send postage for them.
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Aug 24, 2017 9:30 PM CST
I've never thought to collect seed, but that is one way to propagate it. I've done root division at times, works well.
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Aug 31, 2017 4:23 PM CST

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Name: Betsy
Texas (Zone 9a)
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piksihk
Sep 2, 2017 11:22 AM CST
Thanks, @Bubbles. It will be awhile before HD in our area to have them either in Houston or Beaumont.
Still waiting it out - Brazos have crested - and our creek in back is fairly dry- but water will be heading this way.
While the earth remains, Seed time and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease. Gen. 8:22
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Sep 2, 2017 3:19 PM CST

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Stay safe. At least you have warning, unlike some. Hope somehow the sun dries things up and the flooding slows. I would try to send you some, but they would just languish in the post ofc., I'm afraid.

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