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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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Height

2-3 Feet

Spread

3 Feet

Spacing

12 Inches

Bloom Color

Pink

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

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 autumn.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Moist
Moist
Songbird-friendly
Songbird-friendly
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Pollinator-friendly
Pollinator-friendly
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Average
Dry
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Fall
Green Infrastructure
Woodland
Attributes
Ornamental Foliage
Native to North America
Propagation Type
Vegetative