2 years to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
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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
Divide clumps in autumn or spring, discard the older middle section and replant the younger outside parts of the clump immediately.
Propagation is by softwood or basal cuttings in the spring.
Special features of Aster
Attracts useful insects
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.