Plant Description

Aster sedifolius

Aster sedifolius

This is a nice little perennial Aster which flowers over a long period in late summer and autumn. It used to be known as Aster acris. It has small leaves and purplish blue daisy flowers with a prominent yellow centre. It is a vigorous plant which will spread to form a decent-sized clump. It is probably best to divide it every few years so it doesn't take over. Mine seems to be the cultivar 'Nanus' which grows to only 45cm tall; the taller ones can get to over a metre in height.

The flower stems need to be cut back after flowering to tidy it up. Though most Aster flower best in sun, mine copes with a bit of shade. It suits a cottage garden style, but also fits in with ornamental grasses and Salvia, which are what I grow mine with.

Note that the correct botanical name for this plant is now Galatella sedifolia.

 

Aster sedifolius
Out now in my Sydney garden.
Flowers from March to April.
Plant Family: Asteraceae