Aster amellus L.

European Michelmas Daisy, Italian Aster, Italian Starwort

Family: Compositae

Genus: Aster

Category: Perennial

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: 16 to 24" tall

Exposure: Sun


Narrow leaves. Large, lilac, daisy-like flowers in late summer. Species collapses but cultivars are sturdier. Attractive to butterflies and rabbit resistant (Oudolf).


'Rose Erfullung' - Pink flowers with yellow centers. 'Sonora' - Dark purple flowers with yellow centers.


Published in Sp. Pl. 2: 873 in 1753.

Native to temperate Asia including Turkey and Russia, and southern and eastern Europe.


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