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ASTER novi-belgii 'Freda Ballard'

Image of Aster novi-belgii 'Freda Ballard'

Yoder Brothers

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ASTER novi-belgii 'Freda Ballard'

Plant Common Name

Freda Ballard New York Aster, Michaelmas Daisy, New York Aster

General Description

This is one of many asters bred in the early 20th century by British plantsman Ernest Ballard of Old Court Nursery in Worcestershire, England, which remains to this day a leading producer of fall-blooming aster cultivars. ‘Freda Ballard’ displays many deep pink, semi-double daisies on medium-sized plants from late summer into autumn. The flowers are complemented by bright green, lance-shaped foliage, and are highly attractive to butterflies and other small, pollinating insects. The seeds that follow provide a source of food for seed-eating birds such as goldfinches.

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. Although quite adaptable, it 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.

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

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • 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

    Well Drained

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Hot Pink

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Semi-Double

  • 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