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ASTER (BALLAD™)

Image of Aster 'Yoballad' (BALLAD™) PP16318

Yoder Brothers

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ASTER 'Yoballad'(BALLAD™) PP16318

Plant Common Name

Aster, Ballad Aster

General Description

Rich violet-blue flowers, compact size, strong growth and good resistance to powdery mildew combine to make ‘Yoballad’ an outstanding perennial for late-season garden color. Marketed under the name Ballad™, this Yoder Brothers, Inc. introduction resulted from a cross between Aster ‘Professor Kippenburg’ and an unknown cultivar. Its vivid, yellow-centered daisies are borne on low, spreading, well-branched plants in very late summer to early fall, and are highly attractive to bees and butterflies.

Provide this lovely aster with full to part sun and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil. If desired, clumps may be divided in spring every few years. The short stature of Ballad™ makes it perfect for containers or massing at the front of mixed beds and borders.

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, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Blue Violet

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark 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

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes