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Aster turbinellus


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


photo by Dianna Jazwinski, copyright GAP Photos (53409)

Plant details

Easy to grow and disease-resistant this North American Michaelmas daisy has tall, graceful wiry stems which become covered in violet daisies for weeks in autumn. Despite its height, it never needs staking and apart from dividing up and replanting clumps every few years, it virtually looks after itself. his variety of the New England aster is just what you need to cheer you and your herbaceous border up in early autumn. Forming fine clumps of mid-green and slightly hairy foliage, the tops of its branched stems erupt into large white flowers from August to November. It thrives in any well drained and sunny position and divide old clumps every few years in spring.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Aster

Species: turbinellus

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Violet

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 120cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

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