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Aster pekinensis

Previously known as:

  • Kalimeris integrifolia
Phonetic Spelling
ASS-ter pee-keen-EN-sis
Description

A showy perennial in the daisy family (Asteraceae).  Plant in average, well-drained soil in the full sun.  Water regularly but do not overwater.  Propagates easily by seed or division of its rootball.  This solid performer with its laveder-white long-lasting blooms works well planted in small groupings or in mass, along walkways or in borders.  Cut it back in the late fall or leave the seed heads on for the birds.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Daisy Mae'
    Single white flowers
Tags:
#bees#white#butterflies#birds#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#lavender#white flowers#wildlife plant#compact#nectar plant#cut flowers#low maintenance#mass planting#food source#deer resistant#lavender flowers#borders#groups#humidity#pollinator plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Daisy Mae'
    Single white flowers
Tags:
#bees#white#butterflies#birds#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#lavender#white flowers#wildlife plant#compact#nectar plant#cut flowers#low maintenance#mass planting#food source#deer resistant#lavender flowers#borders#groups#humidity#pollinator plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Aster
    Species:
    pekinensis
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    SE. Siberia to N. Korea
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. Birds feast on the seeds.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Wildflower
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Mounding
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Type:
    Achene
    Fruit Description:
    Brown achene obovoid, with 2-4 ribs
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    White to lavender daisy-like flowers with 19-29 ray florets and yellow disk floret centers appear throughout the summer.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Oblanceolate
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Gray-green lanceolate, oblanceolate, or oblong with entire margins. The midvein is prominent, apex is obtuse or acuminate.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Erect, solitary or branching from the middle.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Heat
    Humidity