Aster spectabilis description
Violet purple rayed flowers with a large yellow eye on upright stems in late summer and autumn.
Best half way back in a dry border.
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
This is a butterfly friendly plant.
Good for wildlife in general.
How easy is it to grow:
It is great in the border, Cottage Garden or by a patio and is easy in most soils, including heavy or clay soils.
Also named as Eurybia spectabilis.
Common name: Eastern Showy Aster, Showy Aster or Purple Wood Aster.
The best position in the garden:
Sun or semi shade.
What type of soil:
Any reasonable soil. Tolerates clay soil.
How much moisture:
Normal, or dryish, stony. Also dry semi shade.
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Size of plant:
Height 40 cm.
Spread 40 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 5 plants per square metre.
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