Aster frikartii Monch

 
Purple Aster frikartii Monch, Aster frikartii, New York Aster

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The iconic Aster Frikartii Monch is the most popular and easiest to grow aster of them all. Grows upright, blooms from early summer to fall. (Aster frikartii)

Zones 4 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Birds
Attract Birds
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Extended Blooms
Extended Blooms
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 18-24" tall, 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Early summer to fall
Size Plant - 3" pot
SKU 22PER
This is a world-famous plant, and a great perennial for American gardens from Zone 6 south.. It is not a North American aster like many of the others. And unlike the American native asters, it doesn't wait until fall to bloom. Aster frikartii or Frikart's Aster blooms from early summer to fall, adding great color for a long period. Wonderful lavender/blue flowers are about 2 1/2 inches across and cover the plant.

This is the aster you see at garden centers every year grown much like a chrysanthemum--nice neat rounded plant about a foot tall in full bloom. However, once you put it in the ground, it forms a bushy plant about 2-3 ft. tall, and gives you months of color and cut flowers. It is a spectacular bloomer in gardens all over the south and along the northern Pacific coast.

The story of this plant is interesting. It is a cross between two aster species A. amellus from eastern Europe and A. thomsonii from the Himalayas. The cross was made by Karl Frikart in Switzerland around 1920. Ever since, various versions of this fantastic success have been created and named. The cultivar Monch is the most famous, but another similar one, Wonder of Staffa is also well-known. A more recent one is called Floras Delight. They're all Frickart's aster, and they're all beautiful.

SKU 22PER
Common Name New York Aster
Botanical Name Aster frikartii
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Purple
Mature Height 18-24" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Early summer to fall
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Green
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Birds, Bee Friendly, Easy to Grow, Cut Flowers, Extended Blooms
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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I love this Aster!

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from Greenville, SC

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Pros

  • Long Bloom Time
  • Low Maintenance
  • Vivid Colors

Cons

  • Needs To Be Staked

Best Uses

  • Cut Flowers
  • Raised Beds

Comments about American Meadows Aster frikartii Monch:

I really like this plant.

 
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It's amazing!

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from Vermont

About Me Casual Hobbyist

Pros

  • Fragrant
  • Long Bloom Time
  • Low Maintenance

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Border Control
    • Raised Beds

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    USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

    To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

    • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
    • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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