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Symphyotrichum lateriflorum 'Lady in Black' (Calico Aster)

Calico Aster 'Lady in Black', Aster lateriflorus 'Lady in Black'


Graceful, Symphyotrichum lateriflorum 'Lady in Black' (Calico Aster) is a bushy clump-forming perennial boasting a profusion of branching sprays covered with small white flowers in late summer and fall. Particularly attractive, the flowers feature a rosy-pink center disk surrounded by a ring of white rays. The stiff, deep purple stems are clothed with small, narrow, dark purple leaves that usually remain attractive throughout the season. A superb garden plant to be used in mixed borders or in front of fall-coloring shrubs and trees. This Aster is easy to grow, long lived, brings cheerful fall color and is a great source of nectar for butterflies.

  • Typically grows up to 3-4 ft. tall (90-120 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm). May need some support.
  • Thrives in full sun or partial shade, in moderately fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Provide good air circulation to avoid foliage diseases such as powdery mildew.
  • Vital ingredient of late summer and fall borders, cottage gardens, prairies or butterfly gardens.
  • Generally pest free. Keep an eye out for verticillium wilt, powdery mildews and grey moulds.
  • Cut back in late autumn.
  • Propagate by division in spring. Divide every 3-5 years.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Asters
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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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.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Asters
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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