PLEASE NOTE: Since plants are often sourced from the garden to order, sizes do vary a little, depending on how they come out of the ground, but I always endeavour to give a little more rather than less! They are sometimes shipped bare-rooted, but will approximate the size specified (e.g. a 9cm pot).

Symphyotrichum Syn. Aster novae-angliae 'Violetta'
New England Aster 'Violetta'
Type/Hardiness Herbaceous, Perennial, Hardy
Flowering period Late summer-early autumndigitali
Height 36-48in/1-1.5m
Light preference Full sun/part shade
Soil preference Any, fertile, free-draining
Sowing time/depth Autumn, Spring, Surface
This tall, striking aster is exquisite... the picture does not really do it justice. It produces masses of deep-purple, single flowers about 3.5cm in diameter from late summer and well into autumn. It is loved by pollinating insects. Also a good cut flower. Much recommended! I cannot guarantee that seed, when offered, will come true, but worth trying and if it does not, you may discover a gem!
Sowing and/or growing instructions
Sow on the surface of moist compost, covering with a fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place in a propagator or sealed plastic bag at 68-86F/20-30C. Do not exclude light as this is necessary for germination. Pot on seedlings as they develop and grow on in cooler conditions until large enough to plant out. (Seeds are difficult to fully isolate, so although I do remove much, some chaff is present. Just sow fairly liberally from the packet, chaff and all.) Asters can often be susceptible to powdery mildew, but this variety has so far grown well in my garden without succumbing to this disease.
Plant
1 x plant (9 cm pot approx.) £4.95

Very limited stock, sometimes bare-rooted
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