• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 12 to 15 in. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Waterwise Plant
    Blooms:
    Late Summer to Early Fall
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ASS-ter no-VI bel-GI-eye
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 24, 31 - 43
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 12 to 15 in. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late Summer to Early Fall
    Flower color:Blue
    Design IdeasUse in smaller gardens due to its dwarf size. Like most Asters, this plant is a hardy, late-summer bloomer that can be planted in clusters on the outer reaches of a border. There it will renew the garden by shifting the focal point as other flowers fade.
    Companion PlantsThe yellow-button center of this Aster and the purple arching stems of the late-blooming Vera Jameson Stonecrop (Sedum x 'Vera Jameson') stand out against a feathery green backdrop of Buffalo Juniper (Juniperus sabina 'Buffalo'). Use this combination to define a foundation or against a low wall.
  • 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.
    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 - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    The asters are the largest single tribe of plants in the daisy family. The genus was named from the Latin for star to describe the flowers. Up to 500 species of Asters are native around the world except in Australia and related islands. This species is the New York aster native to salt mashes and wet meadows along the coastal plain from Newfoundland to South Carolina and among the most well known European cultivars.
    Lore:
    In the Old World, Asters are known as Michaelmas daisies because they bloom around the feast of St. Michael, Archangel.