KALIMERIS

FAMILY: Asteraceae

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

An underused group of flowering perennials from eastern Asia. Easy to grow and colorful over a long season from summer into fall. Flowers resemble asters. Thrive in heat and humidity. Shear to encourage rebloom.

K. incisa. JAPANESE ASTER. Mound-forming perennial 1112 ft. high and about as wide. Light blue, daisylike flowers with yellow centers are 1 in. across. Oblong, bright green leaves are 34 in. long. 'Blue Star' has brighter blue petals. 'Edo Murasaki' has darker purple petals.

K. integrifolia 'Daisy Mae'. Clear white, 1-in. blooms with greenish yellow centers. Grows 2 ft. high and wide.

K. pinnatifida. FALSE ASTER. Perennial similar to Boltonia asteroides. White, 1-in. flowers resembling small chrysanthemums are borne by the hundreds all summer, forming a cloud over the foliage. Blossoms may be tinged pink or blue, have creamy yellow centers. The oval, pointed leaves are rich green. A basal rosette is formed by 3-in.-long leaves that are heavily serrated. Leaves on upper stems are only 1 in. long and usually have smooth edges. Grows to 24ft. tall, 2 ft. wide; spreads slowly.

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