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ASTER novi-belgii 'Niobe'

Image of Aster novi-belgii 'Niobe'

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ASTER novi-belgii 'Niobe'

Plant Common Name

New York Aster, Niobe Aster

General Description

New York aster ‘Niobe’ is a very compact cultivar which displays multitudes of small, pure white daisies on low-growing plants from late summer into autumn. The yellow-centered flowers are complemented by bright green, lance-shaped foliage, and are highly attractive to bees, butterflies and other 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. Divide clumps every few years in spring, if necessary.

‘Niobe’ is stunning planted in drifts at the front of mixed beds and borders. Its exceptionally short stature also makes it suitable for rock gardens or fall-themed container compositions.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 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

    10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm

  • 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

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • 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, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes