Aster (Aster spp.)

Aster Plant Features

Give your fall garden a boost of color with a generous helping of asters. These super easy, sun-loving perennials come in a variety of shapes and sizes that work well in garden beds or containers. Aster colors include white, purple, blue, or pink. Asters are also prized by butterflies who flock to the nectar-rich blooms. In fact, asters are a special favorite for Monarch butterflies who feast on the late blooms during their fall migration. These easy-care perennials also make great cut flowers. Hardy from zones 4-7.

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Aster Growing Instructions

Asters aren't too fussy about the soil they grow in, but if they could decide for themselves, they'd choose a rich, well-drained spot in your garden. Water asters from below, as wet foliage can become infected with fungal diseases. Cut asters back to the ground in the spring before new growth begins. Taller varieties of asters can grow 3 to 4 feet tall so consider staking the plants when young so they don't flop over once they reach their mature size. Pinching the plants back in late spring will also promote more compact growth.

Asters are not intended for human or animal consumption.

  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Light

    Outside: Sun

  • Colors





  • Special Features

    Attracts butterflies

    Super-easy to grow

Complement your Aster

Because chrysanthemums bloom at the same time as asters they make ideal companions.

Joe Pye Weed
Another reliable fall bloomer, Joe Pye weed, will easily flower alongside asters.

In the fall, most varieties of sedum send up pretty flower spikes that look great with asters.

Our favorite varieties

Magic Pink

Magic Pink

Aster novi-belgii Magic Pink

Magic Pink is an easy-to-grow, early-flowering variety that shows off raspberry-pink flowers in late summer and early autumn. It grows 18 inches tall and wide. Zones 3-8