New York aster

Aster dumosus

Aster dumosus 'Jennie'
Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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New York aster (Aster dumosus)
Synonyms:  A. novi-belgii
Genus:  Aster
This is a short-growing aster with lilac-blue flowers and creeping rootstocks. Many cultivars exist. It can be used on steep slopes for erosion control.
Care:  To transform this aster into a densely-flowered groundcover, cut it back hard in early spring or autumn.
Propagation:  By division.
Problems:  Asters are sometimes plagued by fungal diseases. The most common are wilt disease, powdery mildew, and botrytis.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Native
Bloom Time
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Blue,
Purple,
Yellow
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers
Style
Cottage Garden,
Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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