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Aster, Purple (Aster tataricus) potted plant, organic

$7.50$19.95

Family:  Aster (Asteraceae)

Hardy to Zones 3 to 7
(Zi-wan, Tartarian Aster) Herbaceous perennial native to Asia, flowering in a columnar shape to 4 feet tall. The horticultural advantage is that the plant flowers very late in the autumn, presenting light-blue flowers at a time of year when this color is rather unusual. Flowers measure over an inch across, providing nectar to bees at a time of year when bees may otherwise starve.  The dried root is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine: cough, phlegm. Easily grown plant prefers regular garden soil and full sun to part shade. These are indestructible.  Space plants 1 to 2 feet apart.

Potted plant Certified Organically Grown

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  1. Lizzie

    Amazing plants

    Lizzie (verified owner)

    I had totally forgotten I had planted this plant…It is flowering now in January in San Francisco, and the plant started flowering in December. The lilac color is quite beautiful, especially for this time of year! Not all medicinal plants are classically “ornamental” but this is planted amongst my roses, and is really quite beautiful. I plan on ordering more!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi there, yes, the purple asters are sleepers and tend to stay well-behaved, not rangy, and as you point out, provide winter color and nectar. Thanks for the useful info. Richo

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    • mjh2287

      Can this plant do well indoors?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi there! I wouldn’t consider it to be a good option, due to the size of the plant–I think it would be happiest communing with bees and butterflies that live outdoors.
      Richo

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    Yosai

    Hi there! Wondering which plants would be best for a balcony, so they’ll live in a pot? And also, I’d like to plant them now, although I wouldn’t mind waiting to the next season

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Yosai,
      Right, so they live in a pot and perhaps cascade over the side, a kind of hanging gardens of babylon effect. The Aster really would look nice. You could try Saint John’s Wort, too. If the balcony gets too cold this winter, try aloes for indoor use. Check our plant offerings. You have less than a week to make an order–our plant shipping season is nearly over.
      Richo

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    • Carol

      Hi, Richo — Glad to see you’re offering Tartarian Asters again! Are these species plants or a cultivar? seedlings or divisions? Thanks!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Carol,
      Thanks for staying in touch. This is the species plant, propagated from division.
      Richo

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