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BOLTONIA asteroides 'Pink Beauty'

Image of Boltonia asteroides 'Pink Beauty'

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Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

BOLTONIA asteroides 'Pink Beauty'

Plant Common Name

False Aster, Pink Beauty False Aster, White Doll's Daisy

General Description

This boltonia, ‘Pink Beauty,’ is a selection of a hardy, upright perennial native to the central and eastern U.S. The plant grows as a cluster of upright stems, leafy at the base, less leafy at the top, where they branch many times to form clusters of small,upward-facing, daisy flowers with narrow pink petals and a small yellow center. Flowering begins in autumn and at full bloom the plant is a high cloud of light pink above a dense forest of narrow, stiff, green stems. In full sun the plant is reliably upright but in less than full sun the stems can grow lax and flop unless the plant is staked, or tied with loops of string. The long stems and flower clusters make this a good plant for cut flowers.

Grow ‘Pink Beauty’ in full sun and average, well-drained soil. It tolerates heat and drought, but grows and flowers best with steady, moderate moisture. The stems rise from a spreading underground crown and increase in number from year to year, as does the relatively small footprint of the plant. Plant it singly to show off its height, or give it low companions to round out its footprint. Place it at the back of a border or border where its flower clusters will float above its neighbor, or place it among smaller perennials for contrasts of habit and height. This plant self-seeds and can be weedy.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 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

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m

  • Width

    3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    North America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray 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

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes