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Japanese aster

Kalimeris yomena

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Kalimeris yomena 'Aurea'

Beautiful variegation brightens the green and grey mottled foliage. A wide creamy-golden margin blends to the edge of the cut-leaf foliage. Its spreading branches mingle softly with its garden neighbors. Blooming in early fall, 12-  to 15-inch stems produce light lavender aster-like flowers with a yellow center.

CarePlant in part shade to ensure the brightest variegation without the "crisping" that may occur to the leaves when planted in full sun. Variegation will fade a bit as summer progresses. Pinching back in summer will encourage new variegated growth.

PropagationIn spring, cool-stratify seed for 2 weeks prior to surface sowing in a cold frame. Divide in spring.

  • Genus : Kalimeris
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Uses : Containers
  • Bloom Time : Fall
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium to Wet
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest

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