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Aster macrophyllus


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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


Aster macrophyllus

Plant details

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.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Aster

Species: macrophyllus

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: 30cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

Flowering period: August to October

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