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East Indies aster

Aster tongolensis

This is a mat-forming aster with thick, almost leafless stems that support solitary, violet-blue ray florets and orange-yellow disk florets.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsMany cultivars exist.

CareNeeds well-drained, average fertile soil in full sun.

PropagationMost asters require frequent division.

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

  • Genus : Aster
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Bloom Time : Late Summer, Summer
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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