Also known as
European Michaelmas daisy, Marguerite
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Italian starwort Overview
Aster amellus is a clump-forming, usually upright, hardy, hairy perennial that produces lilac-blue flowers, in late summer and autumn. These can be up to 5cm wide and they have yellow disc-florets in the middle. Its mid-green leaves are lance-shaped, up to 5cm long. It prefers an open sunny position and an alkaline soil that is well-drained and moderately fertile. Grown in these conditions, Aster amellus is a colourful addition to garden borders, wildlife gardens and other informal planting schemes. Different coloured cultivars are available, some of which are particularly popular with pollinating insects.
Common problems with Italian starwort
How to propagate Italian starwort
Root basal cuttings in spring.
Special features of Italian starwort
Attracts useful insects
Other uses of Italian starwort
Cutting bed, border, edging, walls, rock garden. Summer/Autumn interest.