New York Aster

Aster dumosus | Also known as: Michaelmas daisy, Aster | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

It may be called the New York Aster, but it's no big apple, so don't eat it!

If you’re looking to add some vibrant colour to your garden later in the season, then the New York Aster will do that – and then some! Flowering during the late summer and autumn, Aster dumosus is a real cottage garden favourite. And you only need see them to realise exactly why. They spread quickly, and will fill borders or pots at a time of year that other plants are starting to fade for the oncoming winter. They can be found, depending on the sub-species, in varying shades of violet, pink, red and white.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.3
Spread [m]
  • 0.4
Dominant flower colour
  • Varies
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-8
Heat zone
  • H8-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -7
Heat days
  • 0 - 120
Moisture
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
  • Roses & classics
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Rock garden
  • Containers
  • Wildlife gardens
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Cut flowers
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years