Aster lateriflorus ‘Lady in Black’

Aster lateriflorus ‘Lady in Black’

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Bluestone Perennials
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(Aster lateriflorus ‘Lady in Black’)
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Genus:  Aster
Although it’s valued for its autumn blossoms, ‘Lady in Black’ creates a stir from the moment its dusky purple leaves unfurl in spring. By summer’s end, thousands of tiny dark buds dot the densely branched 3-foot-tall plant, promising an explosion of color.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Dusky-purple leaves make this a long-season highlight. Attracts butterflies.
Care:  Prefers full sun and moist but well-drained soil. Pinch stems back in early summer if bushier plants are desired. Tolerates light shade.
Propagation: 

Divides well in autumn. Most asters require frequent division.

Problems: 

Asters are sometimes plagued by fungal diseases. The most common are wilt disease, powdery mildew, and botrytis.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Native,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Fall,
Summer
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Meadow Garden,
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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