Michaelmas Daisy, Frikart's Aster 'Wonder of Staffa'

Aster x frikartii

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aster (ASS-ter) (Info)
Species: x frikartii (frih-KART-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Wonder of Staffa
Additional cultivar information:(aka Wunder von Stäfa)



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

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

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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


Wetumpka, Alabama

Phoenix, Arizona

Berwyn, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Olathe, Kansas

Saint Clair Shores, Michigan

Florence, Mississippi

Pelham, New Hampshire

New York City, New York

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

North Scituate, Rhode Island

Rogersville, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Coppell, Texas

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 11, 2010, harper97 from Pelham, NH wrote:

Wonder is right! A lovely, floriferous plant which has bloomed beautifully for me the first season. The daisy-like blooms are about 2" round and tidy, in a nice soft purple shade. Seems unscathed by bugs and slugs. A keeper!


On Mar 22, 2009, SunnyBorders from Aurora, ON (Zone 5a) wrote:

Have had two plants for two years, growing right next to Aster x frikartii 'Mönch'. Still can't tell the difference between 'Wunder von Stäfa' and 'Mönch'. 'Wunder von Stäfa' is said to be taller and a little lighter in flower color. If it turns out to have all the advantages of 'Mönch', I will say it is an exceptionally good perennial.
Now position the two cultivars at the front of perennial beds. Might be a bit too much competition for them further back. Like 'Mönch', always needs staking, but with perennials like these it is well worth the effort.


On Mar 15, 2008, eagerwatchdog from Berwyn, IL wrote:

This plant is great.... very floriferous and very long blooming, flowered in my area from very early summer to fall, but the magnificent show of flowers is on summer. I want some more of these. The flowers are blue-violet with small yellow eyes. It grow 36 inches tall.


On Mar 19, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Medium - Plant 20" apart - An unusual plant. Rapidly developing into an airy mound as broad as it is tall, as much as 3 by 3' in rich soil. Covered with lavender-blue daisy flowers with a yellow center from July until a hard freeze. Normally not for extreme northern gardens, but worth a try with dependalbe snow cover. Very long blooming open mound of lavender blue.


On Oct 4, 2006, jamie68 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Comes back bigger and better year after year, needs very little in the way of care, mingles well with its neighbors....A really nice plant all the way around!


On Apr 2, 2005, janders from Rockwall, TX wrote:

My asters have failed to take hold both years I've tried them. Will try to give less water and start earlier on the next attempt.


On Mar 24, 2005, pokerboy from Canberra,
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

These plants grow to 1 metre tall nand produce an absolute MASS of colour from mid summer to early autumn, perfect for the back of the border. pokerboy.