This tall aster produces hundreds of large violet purple to deep purple flowers with yellow centers in Sept. and Oct. The flowers are a favorite nectar source for migrating monarch butterflies. Praying mantis like to catch butterflies on them!
Native Environment: Prairie, Wetland
Culture: They grow best in fertile soil with constant moisture. Pinch garden plants back three or four times before Aug. 15th to keep them more compact.
Use: Use in the back of the garden for late season color and to attract butterflies. Grows well in native plant gardens or in damp prairies.
Height: 30 to 60 inches
Spread: 24 to 48 inches
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Flower: Showy, Good Cut
Bloom Time: August to September
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8
Sun Exposure: Full Sun/Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil Moisture: Moderate/High
Wildlife Benefit: Food for Birds/Butterfly Nectar
Animal Resistance: Rabbit Resistant
Nature Attracting: Butterfly/Songbird/Beneficial Insects
Special Usage: Rain Garden
Tolerate: Clay Soil