Michaelmas Daisy, Frikart's Aster
Aster x frikartii 'Monch'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aster (ASS-ter) (Info)
Species: x frikartii (frih-KART-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Monch
Additional cultivar information:(aka Mnch, Moench)

Category:

Perennials

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Silver/Gray

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

, (2 reports)

Satsuma, Alabama

Knights Landing, California

Paradise, California

Simi Valley, California

Glastonbury, Connecticut

Plainfield, Illinois

Hazard, Kentucky

Hebron, Kentucky

Concord, Massachusetts

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Reno, Nevada

Clinton Corners, New York

Enid, Oklahoma

Carrollton, Texas

Garland, Texas

Shoreline, Washington

Spokane, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

8
positives
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Aug 24, 2014, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Lovely and flowering from may until when it gets to cold. I find them very good cutflowers too.

Neutral

On Feb 19, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Aster x frikartii has an extraordinarily long season of bloom, from midsummer till fall. I wouldn't say that it covers itself in bloom, but it puts on a good show nonstop through its season (Boston Z6a). You can never have too many blue-violet flowers in the garden. But for me, it isn't really a fall bloomer.

I too have found it to be floppy and short-lived. My worst problem has been a tendency for the foliage on one or two stems (and eventually more) to begin blackening progressively down towards the ground until I prune the damage out. Looks like a fungal disease of some sort. It's happened in a variety of gardens and with plants from a variety of sources.

Positive

On May 15, 2012, marshallgal from Carrollton, TX wrote:

Wonderful plant. Bought two plants 10 years ago and have propagated them using softwood and hardwood cuttings. Easy to propagate, and they are the star of the autumn garden. Island bed display stopped traffic last year. I prune twice before July 1st (once in March, again in June) to keep them from flopping and am guaranteed a fine show by Halloween, which is what I want. The bloom starts in mid-October (because of the pruning) and last for weeks and weeks.

Positive

On Nov 23, 2011, suguy from Simi Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I took a division of this very fine perennial last Spring and it has increased four-fold since.
It blooms continuously here in my Southern California garden from late September until late November (or even longer).
The intense lavender-blue color is especially eye-catching in the slanting light of Fall afternoons.

Neutral

On Aug 14, 2010, vickyg52 from Merrick, NY wrote:

How large do the flowers get?

Positive

On Jun 12, 2010, John_in_Garland from Garland, TX wrote:

Growing/flowering well with about 6 hrs. Texas sun. Starts blooming mid June here.

Positive

On Feb 14, 2009, SunnyBorders from Aurora, ON (Zone 5a) wrote:

Excellent plant: lots of attractive lavender blue flowers: hardy: exceptional
for its long bloom time (at least six weeks): have never seen mildew on this aster: seems to be reasonably long lived (have five plants, in my garden, which are at least three years old): does need staking.


Positive

On Nov 20, 2006, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

Love it! It is beautiful and a great addition for the garden and for BF's!

Positive

On Nov 10, 2004, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

A magnate to insects at this back end time of the year and very welcome colour too.

Positive

On Jan 21, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Great fall-blooming color; prune in early summer to promote bushiness. Also make sure soil is on the poor side to prevent too much topgrowth. If - despite your efforts - the plants are floppy, stake them up to keep them looking their best during the blooming period.