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SandyGrace
San Antonio, TX

September 12, 2007
6:53 PM

Post #3967177

Does anyone know a source for those wonderful Asters that seem to thrive in the Texas heat and bloom so beautifully every Fall?

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 12, 2007
8:31 PM

Post #3967531

Sandy they are called Purple Fall Aster or Aromatic Aster,
Symphyotrichum oblongifolium, are these the ones you are talking about?
They should have them in many nurseries.
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/76317
Josephine.
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 12, 2007
9:32 PM

Post #3967770

Pringle aster is lovely. small but showy white flower. Blooming now for me.

edited to add a link. The link is from Ontario but this baby grows gangbusters in houston.

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.ontariowildflower.com/images/aster_tradescantspl.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.ontariowildflower.com/wildflower_meadow.htm&h=407&w=308&sz=23&hl=en&start=1&sig2=px2XYt3kdMDtAye36MT1xg&um=1&tbnid=MsEWxdC0ZkyR_M:&tbnh=125&tbnw=95&ei=YlvoRoHcHqKuggPj1PW9BQ&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dpringle%2Baster%26svnum%3D10%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26rls%3Dcom.microsoft:en-US%26sa%3DN

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fly_girl
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 12, 2007
10:08 PM

Post #3967880

There is this Carolina Aster, Aster carolinianus, at the Montg county ext office that is beautiful, it's huge!
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 12, 2007
10:10 PM

Post #3967891

fly, is it pink? can't tell from the pic. I am hoping to find a pink and plant in between my white for some pzazz.
fly_girl
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 12, 2007
10:13 PM

Post #3967897

voss, it is pink with yellow centers...but it can get huge, it's also called a climbing aster.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 12, 2007
10:17 PM

Post #3967909

the Willow leaf Aster, Symphyotrchum praeltum, is pink and very pretty too
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/139160
Josephine.
SandyGrace
San Antonio, TX

September 13, 2007
12:30 AM

Post #3968314

It's the purple ones/ drought and heat tolerant that I am looking for. Thank's so much, Josephine. However, the references to the white ones have given me an idea to combine the two. Does anyone have experience with Stokes Aster? They are said to be good by the catalogs, but that is often not applicable to South Texas.
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 14, 2007
1:20 PM

Post #3974074

Looks as though I need another flowerbed...
lily13
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 14, 2007
1:46 PM

Post #3974156

Wildseed Farms in Fredricksburg, TX sells seeds for a lavender-blue daisy that they call Tahoka Daisy / Prairie Aster, Machaeranthera tanacetifolia (Asteraceae). Sorry, I do not know how to do links to their site. Just enter www.wildseedfarm.com and go to the list of Individual Species of Wildflower Seeds.

Sheral




silverfluter
Fredericksburg, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 15, 2007
1:58 AM

Post #3976655

I think I have prairie aster. It is an awsome plant. Purple is one of my favorite colors in a flower and it's so wonderful to see it in the yard when so many other things are done for the year.

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