Aster (Aster amellus)
Other Names - Settembrini (Little Septembers), Italian Aster, Autumn Aster, Fall Aster, Italian Michaelmas Daisy.
Origins - Europe, Asia.
Type - Perennial (herbaceous).
Hardiness (see References, below) - 5-8.
Bloom - Summer, till frosts.
Approx. 2 - 3 ft (60 - 90 cm).
Cultivation - Sunny, or semi-shaded locations, will tolerate most well drained soils. Average water needs.
Propagation - By root division, by seeds.
Other - Charming Fall blooms come in purple, pink, and white colors.
Essential plant to have in any Fall garden; it attracts
variety of butterflies, bees, and other insects.
Other interesting species in this genus include its very similar looking, American cousin, Aster alpinus, Aster carolinianus (climber), Aster chinensis (pompom like beautiful blooms). There are also plenty of cultivars to suit any taste, and location, including: Aster 'Starlight' (for tubular petals), 'Violet Queen' (dark purple blooms), 'Henry III' (look like mums), or 'Giants of California' (Ostrich feathers-like, large blooms on long stems).
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Special Thanks
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