Aster novi-belgii L.

New York Aster, Michaelmas Daisy

Cultivar Rosenwichtel

Cultivar Rosenwichtel

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Family: Compositae

Genus: Aster

Category: Perennial

Zones: 4 to 8

Size: To 4' tall and 3' wide

Exposure: Sun

Description: 

Smooth leaves. Likes moist soil. Deer resistant. Attracts butterflies. Numerous cultivars. Armitage notes that many of the dwarf cultivars have been classified as A. x dumosus (erroneously). Attractive to butterflies and rabbit resistant (Oudolf).

Cultivars: 

'Rosenwichtel' - To 10" tall with single deep pink flowers. From Zur Linden, 1969.

'Eric Palmer' - purple to pink flowers, taller cultivar

History: 

Published in Sp. Pl. 2: 877 in 1753.

Now considered a synonym of Symphyotrichum novi-belgii (L.) G.L.Nesom but still labelled and sold under A. novi-belgii.

Native to eastern Canada and the eastern US.

Named because New York was once known as New Belgium.

The common name Michaelmas Daisy is used in England because they flower around September 29th which is Michaelmas Day (the day of St. Michael and All Angels).


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