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ASTER x frikartii 'Monk'

Image of Aster x frikartii 'Monk' ('Mönch')

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ASTER x frikartii 'Monk' ('('Mönch')')

Plant Common Name

Frikart's Aster

General Description

Members of this group of asters were originally bred around 1920 by German plant breeder, Karl Frikart, and were produced by crossing the European species Aster amellus w ith Aster thomsonii, a species native to the Himalayas. The cultivar ‘Monch’ produces open, bushy plants with oval, somewhat fuzzy, medium-green foliage and large, yellow-centered, lavender-blue daisies which cover the plants over a long period from early summer well into autumn.

Aster x frikartii hybrids thrive in full to part sun and well-drained, reasonably fertile soil of average moisture. These perennials may be short-lived, but are well worth growing for their abundance of bloom and ease of culture. They are a fine choice for mixed borders or cutting gardens, and their lovely blooms are highly attractive to bees and butterflies.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    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

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Blue 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

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics