A tough, adaptable choice for most gardens. White rays with rose-colored centers, dark stems, and plum-tinged leaves give it an interesting and attractive appearance 3-seasons. A showy display of contrasting colors. Calico asters are underused but an excellent shrubby aster. It boasts a radiant display of abundant blossoms and attractive foliage.
Persists in dry or poor soils.
Calico aster was rated in the Chicago Botanic Garden trials as one of the 7 best-winning asters
Received the Award of Garden Merit by RHS (Royal Horticultural Society in the UK)
Flowers are 1/2” across, and form in clusters on rigid stems.
Foliage may fade if temperatures are regularly over 90 degrees F.
Blooms from August or September to October
In its native range, it is primarily found along forest margins, meadows, depressions, and along roadsides. Good choice for naturalization, woodland gardens, meadows, or low-wet places (it tolerates occasional flooding).
No serious insect or disease problems