Aster nova-angliae 'Andenken an Alma Pötschke'
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common name: New England aster
flowering season: the end of summer into fall
height: 4 feet
Light requirements: full sun
Soil requirements: average
Water requirements: average
Growth habit: grows as a tall clump
How to propagate: dividing in spring
Leaf type: small green leaves
Ways to use it: adds a rich color to the fall garden; grows well in a mixed flower garden; colder weather and freezing nights don't slow this plant down until winter truly settles in
Special characteristics: butterflies love the flowers of New England asters -- it may be their last meal before flying south
Other points of interests: asters grow so thickly and become so crowded that dividing them every few years is a big help to keeping them healthy and floriferous
We offer both a delicately tinted aster, such as 'Coombe Fishacre' on our list, and a very vibrant one such as this, a vivid watermelon pink, named in honor of a husband and wife, 'Andenken an Alma Pötschke.' This aster reaches four feet tall (staking with bamboo may be necessary) and blooms from late summer into mid-autumn, making it an excellent choice for an eye-popping splash of color at season's end. Not only do butterflies love it, but it makes a good cut flower. It thrives in a wide range of conditions, doing best it full sun and an evenly moist soil. USDA Zones 3 - 8, to Zone 9 in the West. A winter mulch is recommended.
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