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Aster Genus

Michaelmas daisy

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.5
  • WaterMoist

Description

Aster genus (Michaelmas daisy). This is a large genus which is native to temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. They are perennials and deciduous or evergreen sub-shrubs of various heights and colours with daisy like flower heads, all with central yellow or black discs borne in the summer and autumn.

Characteristics

Annuals, Perennials or Biennials, Herbaceous or Sub-shrubs

Other common names

Frost flower, Marguerite

Origin

N. S. America.

Interest and use

Grown for its flowers. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Cultivation

They are fully to half hardy and will prefer sun or partial shade with fertile, well drained soil, with adequate moisture throughout the summer. Tall species and cultivars require staking.

Propagation

Propagation is by softwood or basal cuttings in the spring or by division in the spring or autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Eel worms, aphids, snails.

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