Hardiness: USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) 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) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Color: Light Blue Blue-Violet
Bloom Time: Late Summer/Early Fall Mid Fall
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)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing the rootball From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; stratify if sowing indoors From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting: Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
On Sep 17, 2012, KanapahaLEW from Alachua, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
A dependable performer in z8b, although this year was the first time I've had any problems at all (due to rain every day for some weeks, the tips developed a slimy white fungus which cleared up when the weather got drier). It gets to around 3' to 3 1/2' tall and is bushy but requires some support to look its best. I'm using wire cages this year. It spreads slowly by runners which can be dug in spring and transplanted to other areas. It grows well in very dry/xeric ground.
On May 2, 2006, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
A favorite fall bloomer for me. Tough, nearly indestructable plant that usually blooms late October in Houston area. This plant is native to most of the United States from Texas north to Montana, east to New York, south along the eastern seaboard states and includes Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas. A United States native that makes a great ornamental garden plant for most gardens.
On Oct 1, 2004, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
Fall Aster is a wonderful Texas Native plant, that will make passerby look twice because of the beautiful mass of purple. You have to wait a long time for the blooms but it is certainly worth the wait. It is also very easy to grow and propagate by cuttings. It does best in full sun.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Gainesville, Florida Wellfleet, Massachusetts Belton, Missouri Elmwood, Nebraska Frenchtown, New Jersey Raleigh, North Carolina Whitehall, Pennsylvania Austin, Texas Collinsville, Texas Copper Canyon, Texas Copperas Cove, Texas Crawford, Texas Dallas, Texas Dalworthington Gardens, Texas Eagle Mountain, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Fredericksburg, Texas Houston, Texas Lampasas, Texas Mesquite, Texas Roman Forest, Texas Sunset Valley, Texas Tyler, Texas Universal City, Texas Victoria, Texas Wells, Texas Appleton, Wisconsin