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Boltonia asteroides (False chamomile)

Boltonia asteroides Photo/Illustration: Chris Curless


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Boltonia asteroides bol-TONE-ee-ah ass-ter-OY-deez Common Name: False chamomile Genus: Boltonia
Boltonias are vigorous perennials grown for their sprays of aster-like flowers, which appear above clean, gray-green foliage. Their vigorous nature makes them suitable for naturalizing. They are also great in the border (and for cutting), but will benefit from frequent dividing to keep in bounds, and may be cut back in late spring for more compact plants.
Noteworthy characteristics: Produces a profusion of white, lilac, or purplish-pink rays, and yellow, disc flowers, on strong stems in late summer.
Care: Cut back in early summer to keep plants more compact and bushier.
Propagation: Sow seed in a cold frame in autumn; divide in early spring.
Problems: Anthracnose, rust, powdery mildew, leaf spot.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit Spreads
Growth Pace Fast Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Moderate
Tolerance Frost Tolerant
Characteristics Native; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Fall; Late Summer; Summer
Flower Color Pink Flower; Purple/ Lavender Flower; White Flower; Yellow Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Cut Flower, Naturalizing
Style Cottage Garden, Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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