Professor Kippenburg Dwarf Aster
Aster novi-belgii 'Professor Kippenburg'
Full sun, Partial sun
Keep soil moist, but not soggy.
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|Botanical Pronunciation||ASS-ter NO-vee BEL-jee-eye|
|Lore||In the Old World, Asters are known as Michaelmas daisies because they bloom around the feast of St. Michael, Archangel.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Moderate growing; reaches 12 to 15 in. tall and wide.|
|Bloom Time||Late Summer to Early Fall|
|Design Ideas||Use 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.|
|Flower Attribute||Flowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers|
|Landscape Use||Firescaping/Firewise, Green Roof, Very Wet Areas, Cutting Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Soil Needs||Flower & Rose Food|
|Special Feature||Attracts Butterflies, North American Native Selection, Waterwise, Bird Friendly|
|Watering Needs||Keep soil moist, but not soggy.|
|Companion Plants||The 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