Professor Kippenburg Dwarf Aster

Aster novi-belgii 'Professor Kippenburg'

An excellent dwarf flowering perennial for border fronts and small gardens. Features clear blue, yellow-centered, daisy-like flowers that bloom into fall, a time when few plants are in color. Tolerates heat and periodic drought. An herbaceous perennial.
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Botanical PronunciationASS-ter NO-vee BEL-jee-eye
LoreIn the Old World, Asters are known as Michaelmas daisies because they bloom around the feast of St. Michael, Archangel.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 12 to 15 in. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeLate Summer to Early Fall
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorBlue
Foliage ColorGreen
Growth HabitClumping
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseFirescaping/Firewise, Green Roof, Very Wet Areas, Cutting Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, North American Native Selection, Waterwise, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsKeep soil moist, but not soggy.
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.

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

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