Tatarian aster

Aster tataricus

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Tatarian aster (Aster tataricus)
ASS-ter tah-TAR-ih-kus
Genus:  Aster
Tatarian aster is an impressive, stately perennial with a flowering height of 3 to 6 feet. It can look you in the eye yet require no staking. More important, this aster flowers longer than any other garden aster, beginning in late September and early October and continuing into November. The 1-inch-wide, light lavender flowers are a magnet for local and migrating monarch butterflies. This plant tolerates many soil types, can form large colonies in a few years, and is easily divided.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  This tall, late-flowering aster attracts butterflies and blooms for many weeks.
Care:  Provide full sun and well-drained soil. Hardy to Zone 3, this plant thrives in heat and humidity and adapts readily to soil extremes from wet clay to dry sand (it may spread a little too rapidly in light soil, however). This species needs plenty of room to grow.
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
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Fall
Flower Color
Island Paradise,
Niagara,
Primrose Yellow
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Cottage Garden,
Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Frost Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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