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The European species Aster amellus is famous for its autumn flowering. Its weakness, however, is that it is vulnerable to summer drought and subject to leaf spots and powdery mildew.
The Swiss nurseryman, Ludwig Frikart (1879-1964) was the first to cross Aster amellus and Aster thomsonii (orig. Himalaya) successfully.
Aster x frikartii 'Mönch', 'Jungfrau', 'Eiger', varieties named after the Swiss mountains are still with us, but it was in 1964 that Alan Bloom produced Aster x frikartii 'Flora's Delight' from a cross between Aster thomsonii 'Nanus' X Aster amellus 'Sonia'.
Superb ornamental qualities:
- excellent disease resistance,
- a long flowering period, from early August until the first frosts,
- an unusual lilac pink colour,
- light green foliage and a compact habit.
In the garden we plant it in the sun (not too hot) at the edge of a mixed border or in light shade as decorative underplanting for plants with late summer and autumn flowering, such as: Aster, Echinacea, Helenium, Rudbeckia.
Long flowering period, compact habit, drought resistant. Three good qualities for planting in pots.
Grow in fertile soil, which is well-drained in winter. In heavy, damp soil, plant it on a mound with drainage underneath: rough sand, 5mm pozzolan.
- 0,7 litre pot
- Hardiness zones : zone 7-10
- Height: 50 to 70cm
- Plant spacing: 70 cm
- Flower colour: mauve
- Flowering period: summer flowers
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