Aster sedifolius AGM
Michaelmas daisy
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Type/Hardiness Herbaceous, Perennial, Hardy
Flowering period Late summer-early autumn
Height 18-24in/45-60mm
Light preference Full sun/part shade
Soil preference Any, fertile, free-draining
Sowing time/depth Autumn, Spring,
This dainty little aster does best in part shade, but will tolerate a sunny position. The pale lavender flowers appear in abundance on wiry stems with small, narrow leaves. The plant is rather lax in habit, so if nearby plants fail to support it, staking is recommended. Unlike many asters, this variety is very resistant to mildew. 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 endeavour to remove as much as possible, some chaff is present. Just sow from the packet, chaff and all.) Cut mature plants down to ground level from late autumn. Divide plants every three years or so in early spring.
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