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Elliot’s Aster - Symphyotrichum elliottii

Elliot’s Aster - Symphyotrichum elliottii

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Elliot's asters, scientifically known as Symphyotrichum elliottii, have charming native flowers. These perennials belong to the Asteraceae family and are native to the southeastern United States. Elliot's asters are found in wetlands, swamps and freshwater marshes. It typically reach a height of 2 to 4 feet, making them suitable for garden beds, borders, or containers. Unless they are grown in heavy shade, they will become stretched. 

 

These asters thrive in full sun or partial shade, so choose a location that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. The soil should be well-draining and slightly acidic, with a pH range between 5.5 and 6.5.

 

Water the newly planted asters deeply, ensuring the soil remains consistently moist but not waterlogged. During dry periods, provide supplemental irrigation to prevent drought stress. Applying a layer of organic mulch around the plants helps conserve moisture, suppress weed growth, and maintain a more even soil temperature.

 

Pruning Elliot's asters is beneficial for maintaining their shape and encouraging bushier growth. In early spring, before new growth emerges, trim back the stems to about 6 inches from the ground. This practice helps prevent the plant from becoming leggy and promotes the development of compact, vibrant foliage and flowers.

 

Elliot's asters will grace your garden with their beautiful clusters of daisy-like flowers in shades of purple, blue, or pink. Enjoy their colorful display and the wildlife they attract, as these asters are known to be a magnet for butterflies and other pollinators.

  • Plant Conditions

    Family: Asteraceae

    Hardiness: Zones 8–11

    Sun: Best planted in full sun, may fall over in shade

    Lifespan: Perennial

    Salt tolerance: low/none

    Drought tolerance: low

    Soil: Moist, sandy, loamy or clay soils

    Exposure: Full sun

    Growth habit: 4 feet+ tall, suckers aggressively

    Propagation: Seed, division

    Soil: Does well in any soil type. Must have for moist and wetland gardens or for well watered containers

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