false aster

FAMILY: Asteraceae | GENUS: BOLTONIA asteroides

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9

Plant Details

Native to eastern U.S. Much loved for the masses of showy blooms it bears in late summer and fall. Tall stems bear broad, mounded clusters of yellow-centered, white, pink, or pale to deeper purple flowers about 34 inches across; blossoms resemble Michaelmas daisies (Symphyotrichum novi-belgii). Good for the back of the border, it grows to 6 feet or taller and about 3 feet wide; may need support to keep from flopping over after rain or over- head watering. Needs moist, fertile soil containing lots of organic matter and will tolerate very damp soil.

Pink Beauty

  • has pink flowers.
  • Boltonia Asteroides latisquama has larger flowers than those of the species, up to 1 inches across.
  • Its selections include 'Jim Crockett', with violet flowers and bushy growth to about 2 feet tall; 'Nana', another 2-footer, with lavender-pink blooms; and 'Snowbank', to 5 feet tall, with pure white flowers.

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