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ASTER tongolensis

Image of Aster tongolensis

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ASTER tongolensis

Plant Common Name

East Indies Aster

General Description

Aster tongolensis is a compact perennial perfect for bringing late-season color to smaller gardens. Native to western China and the Himalayas, it is well adapted to dry, rocky soils of low fertility, making it a fine choice for waterwise gardens. It forms a low mat of oval, somewhat hairy leaves, from which rise numerous, nearly leafless stems topped by yellow-centered, violet-blue daisies, which bloom in late spring to early summer.

Preferring full to partial sun, Aster tongolensis prefers well- drained soils of average fertility. Divide every three years or so to encourage heavy bloom development. This species is perfect for rock gardens and border edges, and its colorful blooms are highly attractive to bees and butterflies. .

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    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

    0"-0" / 0.0cm - 0.0cm (18)

  • Width

    0"-0" / 0.0cm - 0.0cm (12)

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Mat-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Orange, Lavender, 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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes