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Aster dumosus 'Alert'

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Plant Type: Perennials

Densely packed clusters of deep purplish-red flowers provide outstanding color in the garden from late summer into fall. They make a terrific accent to fall blooming grasses and the changing colors of the trees. 'Alert' has an especially compact habit and the flowers are great for cutting. This species is valued for its compact growth habit, rich flower color, and floriferous tendencies. It is native to North America.


Growing & Maintenance Tips:


This species performs best in rich, evenly moist soil and full sun. Give them lots of room to grow; good air circulation will help to prevent powdery mildew. To maintain their health and vigor, divide plants every couple of years in the spring.

Flower Color

Purple-red

Foliage Color

Green shades

Plant Spread

15-18 in.

Good Companions

Artemisia schmidtiana 'Silver Mound', Amsonia hubrichtii, Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln', Dendranthema 'Harmony',

Plant Height

12-18 in.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone

3-8

Soil Moisture

Mostly dry

Characteristics & Attributes


Attributes

Border, Container, Cut flower, Mass Plant, Edging, Salt tolerant

Bloom Time

Critter Resistance

Deer resistant

Exposure

Late summer to mid fall

Growth Rate

Medium

Seasonal Interests