Aster laevis 'Calliope'

Michaelmas daisy, Aster

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This perennial plant is a popular choice, as it's full of single, lilac-blue daisy-like flowers from late summer into autumn. Glossy green leaves on dark, almost black, stems adds even more interest to this plant. This late flowering aster grows up to six feet (1.8m) tall, making it a great choice for the back of a border. Like most other asters, plant in full sun or partial shade and don't over-water. Propagate by softwood cuttings in the spring, or by division in the early spring or late autumn.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Aster

Species: laevis

Cultivar: Calliope

Flower colour: Lilac

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 60cm

Flowering period: July to October

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