Fall Aster - Knowledgebase Question

Crest Hill, IL
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Question by larosamarge
August 18, 2005
Hi, I am a beginner gardener and saw a small article on Fall Aster's. I live in Zone 5 and was wondering what kind of plant/flower they are and when I can plant them. Thanks for any help you can give me.

Answer from NGA
August 18, 2005
Fall Asters (Aster oblongifolius) are perennials and add exciting color to the landscape from September to November when most all other perennials have stopped blooming. The plants mound at 2' - 3' and are covered with 1 1/2" wide lavender flowers. Excellent drought tolerance. Prefers a sunny, well-drained location, but will flower in partial shade. You can plant them now (as soon as they are available in nurseries) and they will provide color this fall and again every fall thereafter. Enjoy!

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