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ASTER tataricus

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Felder Rushing

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ASTER tataricus

Plant Common Name

Tatarian Aster

General Description

The tall, loose floral clusters of this hardy perennial aster are bold and striking.

Tatarian aster is a showy late season bloomer that originates from Siberia, so it is particularly cold hardy. The upright, clump-forming plant has rounded dark green leaves that are remarkably fragrant when crushed. In late summer to fall it produces upright, leafy stems from which rise broad, loose, terminal clusters of blue daisies. Each flower has violet or purple rays and a yellow center. These are irresistible to butterflies, as well as other beneficial insects, that flock to them in the late season when meadow composites reign.

Full to partial sun will ensure good flowering and help to keep these tall plants from flopping, though staking may still be required. One helpful cultural tip is to cut growing stems back by half in June. This will encourage denser branching and a shorter habit. Tatarian aster is as suitable for a large perennial border as it is for a rugged butterfly garden.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    4'-8' / 1.2m - 2.4m

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Russia/Siberia, China, Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Purple, Lavender, Blue Violet

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes