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ASTER 'Pixie Dark'

Image of Aster 'Pixie Dark'

Yoder Brothers

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ASTER 'Pixie Dark'

Plant Common Name

Aster, Pixie Dark Aster

General Description

Clouds of small burgundy-purple "daisies" engulf this bushy, hardy perennial late in the gardening season.

This hybrid aster forms dense clumps of knee-high stems furnished with narrow, needle-like, mildew-resistant leaves. The petite, yellow-eyed blossoms envelop the foliage from late summer into fall, attracting bees and butterflies. Plants are fertile and seedlings may not be true to type.

Provide this perennial with ample sunlight and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Pinch back stem tips in late spring or early summer for denser growth and heavier flowering. If desired, clumps may be divided in spring every few years.

Use 'Pixie Dark' as a colorful fall accent in mixed borders and wildflower gardens. Its blossoms and foliage work well in flower arrangements.

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, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    16"-24" / 40.6cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Purple, Violet

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • 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

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes