Aster novae-angliae 'Alma Potschke'
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
| ||Common Name: Aster-New England|
Clusters of showy, deep rose-pink flowers borne on tall, leafy stems grace this selection from late summer into fall. They are a terrific accent to fall blooming grasses and the changing colors of the trees. Try cutting a few flowering stems for a fresh bouquet--bring the outdoors in.
Asters are native to North America and are generally very easy to grow.
Origin: Native Cultivar
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Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
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Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
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Asters perform best in rich, evenly moist soil and full sun. Give them lots of room to grow; good air circulation will help to prevent powdery mildew. Though this cultivar has a bushy, compact habit, it may still require staking. To promote dense growth that is less likely to flop, pinch plants back from late spring until July 4th.
Plants should be divided every couple of years in the spring to maintain their health and vigor.
"Aster" is latin for "star," in reference to the shape of its flower.