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This aster has attractive flowers and is fairly easy to cultivate in a sunny rock garden and similar areas. Aromatic Aster can be distinguished from other Aster spp. by the number of ray florets per flowerhead (greater than 20), the size of its flowerheads (usually about 1" across or slightly more), and the spreading linear bracts underneath each flowerhead. The leaves are shorter and more narrow than those of many other Aster spp., and they release a pleasant aroma when crushed. In general habit, Aromatic Aster has denser foliage and a bushier habit than other Aster spp., which are usually more tall and lanky. In mass-market horticulture, the plants that are labeled 'Aromatic Aster' appear to be hybrids of Aromatic Aster and Aster novae-angliae (New England Aster). These cultivated plants tend to be larger in size and have larger lower leaves; their flowers are a slighty larger and more double than those of Aromatic Aster. Return


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