|Light requirements:||Full sun|
|Water requirements:||Drought tolerant|
|USDA Hardiness Zone:||3-8|
|Bloom season:||Late autumn|
Tatarian Aster is a tall, upright perennial native to Asia but grown elsewhere in gardens.
The plant overall is coarse, with large leaves and thick stems. The flowers are borne in late autumn, with yellow disk florets and purple ray florets.
The species can grow up to 2.5m (8 ft) tall, but shorter cultivars are available.
Does best in full sun. Plants tend to flop if grown in very rich soils. Hardy in USDA zones 3-8.
Generally grown as a "back of the border" plant, for its tall flowers in the fall. Excellent as a cut flower.
Cut back half-way in mid summer to encourage bushiness. The plant spreads aggressively, so will need to be reined in by digging out the outer crowns or dividing every two or three years.
The plant does not readily self-seed.
Pests and diseases
Pest and disease issues are not common, though deer browsing can be a problem if deer populations are high. See Aster for discussion of pest and disease issues.
- Christopher Brickell and Judith D. Zuk (1997). The American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. DK Publishing. pp. 150.