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Aster amellus 'King George'

Aster

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Lavender

Feature

Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

King George' is an older variety of perennial aster, and one of the best with its prolific, early, long-lasting show of violet-purple daisy flowers that heralds the end of summer and continues well into autumn. It is sufficiently compact not to need supporting, where taller kinds often need twiggy pea-sticks pushed in to keep the stems upright. The flowers attract bees and butterflies, and plants are resistant to the mildew that plagues other aster varieties. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Aster

Species: amellus

Cultivar: King George

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Lavender

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 45cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to plant seeds: September to May

Time to divide plants: March to May

Flowering period: August to October


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