Symphyotrichyum oblongifolium

Family: Compositae

Native to: Eastern North America

Plant

Type: perennial

Forms: clumping, erect

Flower

Leaf

green

Horticulture

Attracts wildlife: specific butterfly species

Plant features: naturalizes

Exposure: light shade, sun

Propagates by: cutting, seed

flowers in fall

Soil type: wide range

USDA Zones: zone 2 -50 f, zone 3 -40 f, zone 4 -30 f, zone 5 to -20 f, zone 6 to -10 f, zone 7 to 0 f, zone 8 to +10 f, zone 9 to +20 f

Temp. range: below -50 to +30 °F

Water: dry, moderate, moist, wide range

Butterflies that feed on this plant

Abaeis nicippe

Aglais milberti

Anthanassa texana

Apodemia nais

Atalopedes campestris

Brephidium exilis

Calephelis nemesis

Calephelis perditalis

Callophrys gryneus

Callophrys johnsoni

Celastrina echo

Celastrina neglecta

Cercyonis oetus

Chioides albofasciatus

Chlosyne acastus

Chlosyne fulvia

Chlosyne lacinia

Colias eurytheme

Colias hecla

Colias meadii

Colias nastes

Colias pelidne

Colias philodice

Colias scudderi

Cupido comyntas

Danaus plexippus

Dymasia dymas

Electrostrymon sangala

Emesis zela

Erebia epipsodea

Erynnis baptisiae

Erynnis telemachus

Euphydryas chalcedona

Euptoieta claudia

Glaucopsyche lygdamus

Hesperia assiniboia

Hesperia colorado

Hesperia comma

Hesperia leonardus

Hesperia pahaska

Hylephila phyleus

Junonia coenia

Leptotes cassius

Leptotes marina

Lerema accius

Lerodea eufala

Libytheana carinenta

Limenitis archippus

Limenitis weidemeyerii

Lycaena arota

Lycaena cupreus

Lycaena dorcas

Lycaena helloides

Lycaena heteronea

Lycaena phlaeas

Nathalis iole

Nymphalis antiopa

Oarisma garita

Panoquina ocola

Parnassius phoebus

Pholisora catullus

Phyciodes batesii

Phyciodes cocyta

Phyciodes mylitta

Phyciodes orseis

Phyciodes phaon

Phyciodes picta

Phyciodes pulchella

Phyciodes tharos

Pieris rapae

Piruna aea

Piruna haferniki

Plebejus acmon

Plebejus anna

Plebejus cassiope

Plebejus fridayi

Plebejus glandon

Plebejus lupini

Plebejus melissa

Plebejus shasta

Poladryas arachne

Polites peckius

Polygonia interrogationis

Pontia occidentalis

Pontia protodice

Pyrgus albescens

Pyrgus communis

Pyrgus philetas

Pyrgus xanthus

Pyrisitia lisa

Satyrium liparops

Satyrium semiluna

Speyeria cybele

Speyeria egleis

Stinga morrisoni

Strymon istapa

Strymon yojoa

Texola elada

Vanessa atalanta

Vanessa cardui

Vanessa virginiensis

Zerene cesonia

This aromatic perennial plant is native to 30 states in the eastern portion of the US. According to the USDA, it is listed as rare in Indiana and as threatened in Ohio. It is tolerant of diverse soil and watering conditions and flowers in Fall. It spreads by stolons and can be grown from seed, vegetative cutting, or division.

For more information: https://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_syob.pdf

Shown here are Public Domain images of the flower and a creative commons image of the plant's vegetation.

This species was reassigned from Aster to Symphyotrichyum. Aster will attract and feed many butterflies - over 100 shown on the left pane. Symphyotrichyum will also appeal to many butterflies, most especially the 42 listed below:
1. Aglais milberti
2. Agraulis vanillae
3. Anthanassa texana
4. Atalopedes campestris
5. Celastrina neglecta 
6. Chlosyne lacinia 
7. Coenonympha tullia
8. Colias eurytheme
9. Colias philodice 
10. Cupido comyntas
11. Danaus plexippus
12. Dymasia dymas 
13. Erynnis tristis
14. Euptoieta claudia
15. Heliopetes ericetorum
16. Hemiargus ceraunus
17. Hesperia colorado 
18. Hesperia pahaska 
19. Hesperia woodgatei
20. Junonia coenia 
21. Kricogonia lyside
22. Lerodea eufala
23. Panoquina ocola
24. Pholisora catullus
25. Phyciodes mylitta 
26. Phyciodes tharos
27. Pieris angelika 
28. Pieris rapae
29. Poanes hobomok
30. Poanes melane
31. Poanes taxiles 
32. Polites mardon
33. Polites peckius
34. Pontia protodice
35. Pyrgus communis
36. Pyrgus scriptura 
37. Pyrisitia lisa 
38. Vanessa annabella
39. Vanessa atalanta
40. Vanessa cardui
41. Vanessa virginiensis
42. Zerene cesonia 

Aromatic aster   aster oblongifolius   2 pd
October skies aster aster oblongifolius 1 cc
Aromatic aster   aster oblongifolius pd