Michalmas daisy

Aster turbinellus

Michalmas daisy - Aster turbinellus

Common Name: Michalmas daisy
Genus: Aster
Species: turbinellus

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Good for wildlife

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.20 m (120 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.90 m (90 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue, Gold, Purple
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: September & October

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

A robust and useful Aster where a slightly wilder, more meadow like appearance is required. Native to the prairies and savannahs of North America where it thrives on upland woodlands and thinly wooded slopes and bluffs. Slender upright stems are mahogony brown branching at their top to form open sprays of single blue-violet daisies with golden centres. Each flower is around 3cm across; the overall effect of a massed planting is a glorious canopy of colour. Best grown in a lean soil to maintain a sturdy and upright habit.

  • Garden care: Older flower heads and structure should be left to stand through the winter to add texture to the winter canvas and provide valuable food for garden birds.


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