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Aster amellus ‘Violet Queen’ or ‘Veilchenkönigin’ (Italian Aster)

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Among the first Asters to bloom, Aster amellus ‘Queen Violet’ or ‘Veilchenkönigin’ (Italian Aster) enjoys a long flowering season, bearing masses of star-shaped, vibrant deep violet blossoms, up to 2 in. wide (5 cm). Held on erect stems, each flower has a thick layer of slender petals surrounding a golden yellow center. Blooming generously for weeks, from late summer to mid-fall, this fall Aster doesn’t need staking and is not sensitive to mildew. Native to Europe, it is easy to grow, long-lived and is a wonderful addition to the late summer garden.

  • Compact and fast-growing, up to 18 in. tall and wide (45 cm), its flowering sprays are held upright, and its woody stems are clad with oval, dark green leaves.
  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Thrives in full sun in averagemedium moisturewell-drained soilsModerately fertilealkaline soils are preferred. Provide good air circulation to avoid foliage diseases such as powdery mildew. Drought tolerant!
  • A vital ingredient of late summer and fall borderscottage gardensprairies, or butterfly gardens. Asters are also valued for the excellent quality of their cut flowers.
  • Asters are a must if you are trying to attract birds or butterflies, as they are a great source of nectar.
  • Pinch back stems before early summer to promote bushiness and produce more flowers.

Aster Amellus, commonly known as Italian Aster, belongs to the Asteraceae family, including yarrows, chrysanthemums, and sunflowers. The Genus Aster contains over 600 species and thousands of hybrid varieties, providing a wide choice to pick from, as they all vary in habit, height, flower color, leaf shape and growing conditions. As opposed to the New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae) or the New York Aster (Aster novi-belgii), Aster amellus doesn’t produce tall, pyramidal plants but the size and beauty of its blossoms, coupled with its neat and compact habit, make this Aster among the most desirable of all Fall Asters.

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Aster
Common names Aster, Fall Aster, Michaelmas Daisy
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Rabbit, Deer
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Ampelaster carolinianus (Climbing Aster)
Doellingeria umbellata (Flat-Topped White Aster)
Aster novi-belgii (New York Aster)
Symphyotrichum chilense (Pacific Aster)
Symphyotrichum lanceolatum (White Panicle Aster)
Symphyotrichum pilosum (Hairy Aster)

Recommended Companion Plants

Deschampsia cespitosa (Tufted Hair Grass)
Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ (Bloodtwig Dogwood)
Eupatorium maculatum (Spotted Joe-Pye Weed)
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’ (Chinese Silver Grass)
Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’ (‘Autumn Joy’)
Pennisetum alopecuroides (Fountain Grass)
Echinacea (Coneflower)
Persicaria amplexicaulis (Mountain Fleece)
Rudbeckia fulgida (Black-Eyed Susan)

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Aster amellus (Italian Aster)
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Aster
Common names Aster, Fall Aster, Michaelmas Daisy
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Rabbit, Deer
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden
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