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ASTER novi-belgii 'Blue Lagoon'

Image of Aster novi-belgii 'Blue Lagoon'

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ASTER novi-belgii 'Blue Lagoon'

Plant Common Name

New York Aster

General Description

New York aster ‘Blue Lagoon’ displays loads of soft, violet-blue daisies on medium-sized, well-branched plants from late summer into autumn. The colorful, yellow-centered daisies are complemented by bright green, lance-shaped, mildew-resistant foliage, and are highly attractive to bees, butterflies and other small, pollinating insects. The seeds that follow provide a source of food for seed-eating birds such as goldfinches.

Although quite adaptable, this perennial performs best in full sun and moderately fertile, well-drained, evenly moist soil. Pinching back growing tips in late spring to very early summer helps to encourage more compact growth and heavier flowering. Divide clumps every few years in spring, if necessary.

New York aster is outstanding for adding splashes of late-season color to mixed borders and wildflower gardens, and its blooms make excellent, long-lasting cut flowers. Shorter cultivars also make nice additions to fall-themed container compositions.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    20"-28" / 50.8cm - 71.1cm

  • Width

    24"-30" / 61.0cm - 76.2cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Blue Violet

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes