Climbing Carolina aster

Ampelaster carolinianus

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Plant Delights Nursery
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Climbing Carolina aster (Ampelaster carolinianus)
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Synonyms:  Aster carolinianus
Genus:  Aster

This perennial vine sends out abundant pale purple to lavender flowers beginning in late October. It grows to 4 to 5 feet tall, and frost does not seem to impede the blooms. It can attract bees and butterflies well into November.

To get the best flower display, give climbing aster as much sun as possible. It should also have something to lean on, like a fence, a trellis, or an ornamental shrub. Don't prune it over the winter, no matter how dead it may look. It’s better to wait to tidy up things after the new growth appears in spring.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Smells wonderful.

Care: 

Grow in well-cultivated, fertile, moist soil in sun or partial shade.

Propagation: 

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
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Fall
Flower Color
Pale Dogwood
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Trellis
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Fall Interest
Type
Perennials

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