Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Fast growing from 1 1/2 to 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Long Bloom Season
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Late summer to fall
Botanical Pronunciation:ASS-ter NO-vee ANG-lee-a
Plant type:Perennial
Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
Sunset climate zones:1 - 24, 31 - 43
Growth rate:Fast
Average landscape size:Fast growing from 1 1/2 to 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Late summer to fall
Flower color:Purple
Flower attributesFlowers for Cutting
Garden styleCottage, Rustic
Design IdeasValuable late season bloomer for the traditional perennial border. Equally well suited to casual country gardens along picket fences and mixed with spring blooming companions. A native hybrid that belongs in meadow gardens as a nectar source. Use around edges of prairie or above a wetland in an open sunny woodland. Ruggedly adaptable to rock gardens and dry stream beds. Mass like groundcover for a much larger semiformal color mass.
Companion PlantsCombine with American native hybrid perennials such as Mango Meadowbrite, (Echinacea 'CBG Clone 3'), Marshall's Delight Bee Balm, (Monarda didyma 'Marshall's Delight'), Goldsturm Black Eyed Susan, (Rudbeckia fulgida var sullivantii 'Goldsturm') and East Friesland Meadow Sage, (Salvia nemorosa 'East Friesland').
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.Pruning time: winter.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
History:
The asters are the largest tribe of the daisy family, Compositae. The genus is named from the Latin for star because of the star-shaped flowers. Up to 500 species are native around the world except Australia and related islands. This species is the New England aster which is native to a much larger range than these small northeastern states. It is found in open woods and fields south to Virginia and west to North Dakota and New Mexico.
Lore:
In Britain the aster is known as Michaelmas daisy because it is in bloom during the feast of St. Michael the Archangel, September 29th.