Mt Cuba Center
Explore the Gardens Virtual Tour Virtual Tour
HOURS

Thanks for a great year! Mt. Cuba Center is closed for general admission for the season and will reopen on April 3, 2024.

An ecological gardening certificate student completes a Native Plants of Fall exam in Mt. Cuba Center's naturalistic gardens.
Ecological Gardening Certificate Learn More Learn More
Program Guide

Classes offered year-round. Learn to garden in harmony with nature, take an art or wellness class, and more!

Wide shot of flowering Amsonia.
Latest Trial: Amsonia for the Mid-Atlantic Region Amsonia for the Mid-Atlantic Region Amsonia for the Mid-Atlantic Region
Trial Garden

Mt. Cuba Center evaluates native plants and related cultivars for horticultural and ecological value.

Mt. Cuba Center's natural lands pictured at sunset.
Protecting Natural Lands Learn More Learn More
Ecological Land Management

Mt. Cuba conserves and stewards more than 1,000 acres including meadows, forests, streams and riparian corridors.

Two guests walk down the West Slope path in spring at Mt. Cuba Center.
Gift a Membership Gift Guide Gift Guide
MEMBERSHIP

Enjoy unlimited general admission, member discounts, guest passes, and more!

close
Mt Cuba Center
Back to list

Symphyotrichum oblongifolium ‘Raydon’s Favorite’

Native Plants

Raydon’s Favorite Aromatic Aster

2 Photos


Summary

Raydon’s Favorite aromatic aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium ‘Raydon’s Favorite’) is one of our most reliable native perennial asters. It has a strikingly beautiful mounded appearance with masses of violet-blue, daisy-like flowers on 2-3’ tall multi-stemmed plants in mid to late autumn.  Raydon’s Favorite aromatic aster prefers full sun in well-drained alkaline to slightly acidic soil are This aster, like many of its relatives, is a preferred nectar source for many butterfly species, and therefore is a joy to observe when flowering. It provides an outstanding floral display in both the perennial and mixed borders with companions such as showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa), black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida), Maryland golden-aster (Chrysopsis mariana), white false indigo (Baptisia alba), and smooth aster (Symphyotrichum laeve). Formerly known as Aster oblongifolius ‘Raydon’s Favorite’. Zones 3-8. 


More Details

  • Plant Type
    perennial 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    average-to-dry 
  • Flowering Period
    mid-to-late-fall
  • Soil PH
    adaptable 
  • Flower Color
    blue 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Other Scientific Names

    Aster oblongifolius ‘Raydon’s Favorite’

     
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown, tan