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 in. across; blossoms resemble Michaelmas daisies (Symphyotrichum novi-belgii). Good for the back of the border, it grows to 6 ft. or taller and about 3 ft. 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. B. a. latisquama has larger flowers than those of the species, up to 1 in. across. Its selections include 'Jim Crockett', with violet flowers and bushy growth to about 2 ft. tall; 'Nana', another 2-footer, with lavender-pink blooms; and 'Snowbank', to 5 ft. tall, with pure white flowers.