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Climbing Aster Ampelaster carolinianus

Previously known as:

  • Symphyotrichum carolinianum
Phonetic Spelling
am-pel-ASS-ter kay-ro-lin-ee-AY-nus
Description

Climbing Aster is a sprawling herbaceous perennial that can climb to heights greater than 10 feet. It prefers to sprawl over the top of fence posts or other plants. In the late summer and fall, it produces pink to purple blooms with yellow centers.

Climbing Method: Both woody and vining

Prefered location: The Climbing aster prefers a sunny wet site of optimum growth.

Seasons of Interest: 

             Blooms: Late summer, fall         

 

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#purple#butterflies#pink#sun#deciduous#yellow#birds#songbirds#full sun#partial shade#summer#fall flowers#perennial#wildlife plant#purple flowers#pink flowers#wildflowers#climbing#host plant#fall interest#wet sites#small mammals#rapid growth rate#ncemgva2018#food source#highly beneficial coastal plants#NC native#grows fast#dry soil tolerant#fences#vines#Pearl Crescent butterfly#native garden#pollinator plant#native wildflower#larval host plant#food source winter#butterfly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Aster
    Species:
    carolinianis
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    SE. U.S.A
    Wildlife Value:
    It is the host plant for the Pearl Crescent butterfly. Its flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. Songbirds and small mammals eat the seeds.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    wet soil, dry soil, moderately deer resistant
    Climbing Method:
    Scrambler
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Native Plant
    Vine
    Wildflower
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Climbing
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Winter
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Flower Description:
    The Climbing aster has pink to purple flowers with yellow centers in late summer into fall (October - November).
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    The leaves of the Climbing aster are simple, alternate and narrowly oval.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Dry Soil
    Wet Soil