Friday, October 15, 2010

Perennial Profile: Aster tataricus 'Jindai'

The perennial profile is a new series in which I will focus on plants that are not quite "Freak Outs" for me, but rather great perennial performers that I encourage people to plant in there gardens.

This first perennial in the series is Aster tataricus 'Jindai'. This aster emerges in the spring with 2ft. long leaves. These large clumps wait until early fall until the flower stalks erupt to height of 4-5ft. Lavender flowers with yellow centers blooming at different heights, creates a unique depth to this beauty.

After the night temperatures begin to hover in the 40's the foliage turns bright red and yellow. This, with the fact that it is the absolutely last plant to bloom here makes it an outstanding performer.
I urge you to seek this one out.

Aster tataricus 'Jindai'
Z 4-8
Full Sun
4-5 ft. tall
Moist, well drained soil. This aster will spread and the plantlets are easily transplanted elsewhere.

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