Symphyotrichum oblongifolium 'Raydon's Favorite' (Asteraceae)
This carefree aster brims with lilac-purple daisy flowers through September and October here in NC. True to its common name, the resinous foliage has a strong piney fragrance when crushed. This beauty weaves around late-flowering goldenrods and sunflowers to great effect. Thanks to our friends at Holbrook Farm for one of our most reliable and abundant asters. (Formerly Aster oblongifolius.)
Bloom color: blue-purple
Bloom period: early-fall
Container size: Qt.