• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly reaches 1 1/2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Vibrant Late Summer Color
    Late Summer to Early Fall
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ASS-ter NO-vee ANG-lee-a
    Plant type:Perennial
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 24, 31 - 43
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly reaches 1 1/2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late Summer to Early Fall
    Flower color:Purple
    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 PlantsBlanket Flower (Gaillardia); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Fountain Grass (Pennisetum); Coneflower (Echinacea); Blue Fescue (Festuca)
  • Care
    Care Information
    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.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
  • History & Lore
    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.
    In Britain the aster is known as Michaelmas daisy because it is in bloom during the feast of St. Michael the Archangel, September 29th.