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Aster lateriflorus 'Lady in Black' (Calico aster)

Aster lateriflorus 'Lady in Black'

Calico aster

(syn. Symphyotrichum lateriflorum)

Who can resist plants with great names? Aster 'Lady in Black' is an elegant 3-4' mound of purplish- black strappy leaves smothered in red-centered tiny white daisies in late summer and early fall. A stronger, more statuesque sister of Aster 'Prince' that will thrive in average soil in sun or part shade, but shows best foliage coloration in full sun. Thousands of flowers per plant - a butterfly's dream!

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Aster lateriflorus 'Lady in Black' - 50 per flat $32.00
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Height

2-3 Feet

Spread

3 Feet

Bloom Color

Pink

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Calico aster Interesting Notes

Aster lateriflorus is found in fields, thickets, open woods, roadsides from Quebec to Texas. Distribution Map

Aster lateriflorus 'Lady in Black' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Aster lateriflorus grows best in full sun in average moist or dry soil. 'Lady in Black' is drought tolerant and adaptable to many soil types. Pinching is not necessary to control habit, but a June cut back to 4-6" results in a shorter plant and more flowers in Fall.

Good Companions

Spiderwort Tradescantia 'Sweet Kate'
Switch grass Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'
Alumroot Heuchera 'Plum Pudding'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Butterflies
Butterflies
Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Average
Average
Dry
Dry
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Growth Rate
Medium
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Fall
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Summer
Late Summer
Late Spring / Early Summer
Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Propagation Type
Vegetative
Attributes
Meadow
Native to US
Dry Sun