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Aster 'Ringdove' (ericoides hybrid) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Purple in Autumn

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

aster 'Ringdove'

Family

Asteraceae


Aster can be perennials, annuals or subshrubs, mostly with narrow leaves, and solitary or clustered, daisy-like flowers, usually in late summer and autumn

'Ringdove' is an upright herbaceous perennial with dark, narrow foliage and tiny light rosy-mauve flowers in arching, branched sprays

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in open sunny position; may need staking

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Wildlife Gardens


How to care

Pruning

Cut back in late autumn

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Asters may suffer Verticillium wilt, powdery mildews and grey moulds