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Commonly known as Frostflower, Michaelmas daisy, Starwort
Genus of about 180 species of annuals, biennials, perennials and subshrubs from a variety of habitats in the northern hemisphere.
There are asters for almost all garden situations and the daisylike flowers come in all shades of white, blue, pink and purple. A. amellus and the hybrid A. frikartii are probably the most popular. These are both late summer flowerers which are invaluable for late-flying insects.
Their popular name, Michaelmas Daisies, arises from their peak blooming time around 29th September, Michaelmas.
A. novi-belgii ( Symphotrichum novi-belgii) is the introduced popular garden Daisy found commonly as a garden escape around urban areas and at roadsides.
A. tripolium, Sea aster is a native perennial common on coasts and was a popular garden plant in the past.
Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch. - annuals, biennials and perennials and sub shrubs. Daisy-like flowers borne singly or in sprays.
Additional Features - Good to know - - varieties for almost all garden situations. Michaelmas falls on 29 September, the middle of the flowering period.
Pests & Diseases - eelworms, aphids, slugs, snails, wilt, leaf spot, grey mould
Place of origin - northern hemishpere, mainly North America. A few shrubby species from South Africa.
Wildlife - Bee friendly -
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