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Gerald L. Klingaman
ASTER x frikartii 'Monk' ('('Mönch')')
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.
8 - 1
5 - 8
2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Spring, Summer, Fall
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