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Asters are in the daisy family and while some flower in spring, most flower in late summer and autumn, hence their common name Michaelmas daisy. Aster macrophyllus produces large, heart-shaped leaves and violet-coloured flowers from August to October. It makes a welcome flash of colour when other flowers are starting to fade, and is an important source of nectar and pollen for late-flying insects.
For best results plant Aster macrophyllus in well-drained soil in a sheltered, sunny site. Cut plants back hard after flowering.
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
Skill level: Beginner
Time to divide plants: March to April
Flowering period: August to October
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