Alma Potschke New England Aster
Aster novae-angliae 'Alma Potschke'
Keep soil moist, but not soggy.
We no longer grow this plant
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|Botanical Pronunciation||ASS-ter NO-vee ANG-lee-ay|
|Lore||This aster was used by the Potawatomi as a fumigant.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Fast growing; reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.|
|Bloom Time||Late Summer to Early Fall|
|Design Ideas||Asters are essentials of the late season border. They're a sure bet in foundations that need a pick me up at summers end. As a wildflower they are perfect in meadow and prairie garden. Add to casual country gardens and don't omit them from colonial historic landscapes where they have been an age old staple.|
|Flower Attribute||Flowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers|
|Landscape Use||Border, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Very Wet Areas, Cutting Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||Flower & Rose Food|
|Special Feature||Attracts Butterflies, North American Native Selection, Waterwise|
|Watering Needs||Keep soil moist, but not soggy.|
|Companion Plants||Fountain Grass (Pennisetum); Coneflower (Echinacea); Phlox (Phlox); Daylily (Hemerocallis); Blue Fescue (Festuca)|
Thrives in moist, fertile, slightly acidic, well-drained soils but highly adaptable. Prefers cool summer climates. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. For a neat, tidy appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8