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Italian starwort

Aster amellus

Also known as

European Michaelmas daisy, Marguerite

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H7

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

60cm

Max

45cm

30cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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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

Division

In spring.

Cuttings

Root basal cuttings in spring.

Special features of Italian starwort

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Autumn colour

Other uses of Italian starwort

Cutting bed, border, edging, walls, rock garden. Summer/Autumn interest.