Aster frikartii Michaelmas Daisy

Aster frikartii 'Moench'

Michaelmas Daisy

♦ Zones:  5 - 10     Height:  24 - 36"     Exposure:  Full Sun to Part Shade ♦

‘Moench’ is a hybrid aster (often commonly called Frikart’s aster) that features daisy-like flowers with lavender blue rays and yellow centers.  Flowers are borne in profusion on a compact, multi-stemmed plant typically with a loose, bushy, open habit.  Flowers freely from early summer to fall.  Oblong leaves are dark green, rough and disease-free.   Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade.  Pinching back stems in late spring will lower overall plant height, but will also delay bloom onset.  Not reliably winter hardy throughout Zones 5 and 6A where it may be advisable to grow plants in protected locations and leave spent flowering stems in place over winter.  A light winter mulch will also help protect crowns. Cut stems to the ground in early spring before new growth appears. Wet soils in winter can be fatal.  Best uses are foundation plantings and borders.

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