Common Name: New England aster
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
Spread: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Bloom Time: August to September
Bloom Description: Royal purple
Sun: Full sun
Suggested Use: Rain Garden
Flower: Showy, Good Cut
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
Tolerate: Clay Soil
Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun.
This dwarf cultivar typically grows 18-24" tall and up to 3' wide with a low, bushy habit. Features a profuse bloom of dark purple flowers (to 1.5" across) which can entirely cover the plant with bloom from mid-August until early October. No staking is required. Attractive to butterflies.
No serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to powdery mildew.
Low habit makes this a good fall blooming plant for the border front or butterfly garden. Also useful as an edger.