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Aster

Aster spp.

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

6a-10b

USDA zone

-23°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1m

10cm

Min

10cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Aster Overview

Aster is a large genus of around 150 annual, biennial and perennial sub-shrubs, mostly originating from different parts of South Africa. They reside in the daisy family, Asteraceae. (Some plants still commonly called Asters, have now been re-classified as belonging to the genus Symphyotrichum.) Widely cultivated for their pretty star-shaped flowers which appear in summer or autumn, hybrid Aster varieties have been produced in a range of colours - mainly blue, purple, pink or white. In the centre of most, there is a yellow disc of tiny florets. While there are Asters for just about every garden situation - from rock gardens to cut flower borders and from dry wildflower meadows to streamsides - different species have different requirements, so make sure you know how to treat them well before you buy! Regular watering of young plants, a moderately fertile soil and deadheading are common needs of most.

Common problems with Aster

How to harvest Aster

Generally not harvested, however stems can be cut for floral arrangements as required.

How to propagate Aster

Seed

Division

Divide clumps in autumn or spring, discard the older middle section and replant the younger outside parts of the clump immediately.

Cuttings

Propagation is by softwood or basal cuttings in the spring.

Special features of Aster

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Attracts butterflies

Attracts birds

Attracts bees

Autumn colour

Other uses of Aster

Grown for its flowers. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Looking good in October - Top 10

Traditionally flowering in October, these flowers will be at their best this month.

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Deer Resistant Plants

Although never fully deer proof - they are less likely to eat these.

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