Hardy Aster with 3" flowers. (Aster frikartii 'Wonder of Stafa') Masses of periwinkle-blue blooms open nonstop from midsummer until frost, with larger and earlier flowers than its common Aster cousins. Lives for years, providing you with beauty, the butterflies with nectar, and dragonflies with splendid perches. Totally carefree. Ships in 3" pot. Zones 5-9. 18-24″ H. Full sun. Deer tend to avoid.
Botanical Name: Aster x frikartii 'Wonder of Staffa'
Common Name: Aster
Form: Herbaceous perennial
Sun Exposure: Partial Shade/Full Sun
Height/Habit: 18 - 24"
Spread: 18 - 24"
Spacing: 18 - 24"
Hardiness Zone: 5 - 8
Flowering Date: Mid summer to fall.
Blooms With: Tall phlox, Heliopsis, Eupatorium
Shipping Season: Spring
Unique Characterstics: One of the best fall Asters for superb color and form. An upright perennial with thick stems and long lasting blooms. Very versatile for almost all garden sites, whether it is a border, rock garden, water side or dry area.
Flower Color: Lavender Blue with Yellow center.
Flower Form: Daisy like - 3" across.
Foliage Type: Dark green oblong leaves 4" long, smaller as they move up the stem.
Pruning: Trim back in late spring to encourage bushy plants.
Soil Requirement: Prefers well drained, open, moderately fertile soil.
Additional Information: Cross of A. amellus x A thomsonii.
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I received my order of Aster timely. On arrival they were fresh and looked like I just purchased them from the neighborhood nursery. They were well wrapped in plastic that kept the root system in place and moist during transit. I will rate the Aster again when it bloosm.
"TOOK TWO YEARS BUT I FINALLY HAD SOME GOOD GROWTH . PLANTS FILLED IN NICELY , NICE COLOR AND LONG LASTING BLOOMS ."
"Great show of flowers throughout the spring/summer season. The plant does tend to spread out, so some support might be needed."
I ordered 3 of these last spring. This summer they have really taken off!! Springhill is great to deal with. Something I ordered last year never ended up coming up (it was bare root)I got a refund no questions asked.
"I purchased 3 of these in the spring o/2010. It is now fall 2010 and each one is HUGE! Wonderful, healthy, and a pleasant sight to see when I step out into the back yard!!! Thanks, I highly recommend this!!"
"These plants arrived in April or May of 2009. The plants were very hardy looking and took off very well when planted and grew and grew and grew. The specifications on these plants in the catalog said they would be 18""-24"" with 3' blossoms. Mine reached over 4 feet tall with 1-1/2"" blossoms and bloomed late in the summer. The plants surivived the winter very well in this climate and I am hopeing they will not grow as tall this year."
"Take out the camera and take a ton of snaps with this beautiful perennial! Firts year after i got his plant it didn't seem like it'll do much, but come summer to fall! this bloomed profusely! Very beautiful! I wish i bought more!!!!"
"I ordered these aster from spring hill 2 years ago, they are so far, my favorite perennial.. They bloom throughout the entire summer.. the only thing i don't like is that the leafy part of the plant tend to die out on stems are left, but it still has very pretty blooms.."
"Bought these last spring. Plant were well packed and in great shape. Aster grew very fast, having many beautiful blue flowers till Nov."
"I order these asters last year (April 2009) from Spring Hill. Plants arrived in nice shape and grew very well. However, these asters did seem to spread a lot through the flower bed, but the foliage wasn't that great (little bare looking/wirey growth). The flowers were abundant, just a little on the small side. I was hoping they would look more like Shasta Daisies - the picture above also gives that same impression. They are still nice and I had blooms on them right through the summer and into late November (powerful flowering for the North East)."
I've planted these in the past and want to order again as they ARE so very pretty esp. during a time when other flowers are giving out. Unfortunately tho' I live in zone 5 and they ard advertised as hardy for that zone they winter killed after the 3rd season
"These asters grow larger and larger every year. They are beautiful, but NOT BLUE, at least in my garden. I ordered them for the blue color, so I was disappointed the first year, but, they are quite a showy bush of pretty light purple flowers and I look forward to them every year (4th year)."