Aster tataricus L.f.
Tatarian Aster, Tartarian Aster, Tatarian Daisy, Tatarinow's Aster
Aster fauriei, Aster nakaii, Aster rhomboideus, Aster tataricus var. tataricus
Color: Deep lavender to blue rays and yellow centers
Bloom Time: Autumn
Aster tataricus is an impressive stately perennial with a flowering height of up to 6 feet (1.8 m). Distinctive paddle-shaped, lower leaves are up to 24 inches (60 cm) long and up to 6 inches (15 cm) wide, but leaves are significantly smaller in size higher up on the plant. Small but abundant flowers, up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) across, with deep lavender to blue rays and yellow centers appear in flat-topped clusters in autumn. A late-blooming aster that still looks fresh at the time of the first frost.
How to Grow and Care
Divide mature plants in spring, just as the new shoots begin to grow. This should be done every few years to avoid crowding of plants.
As with many other flowering plants, deadhead (cut back spent flowers) to make room for newer blossoms. This will extend the health and flowering of your plants. Be sure to deadhead early on in the blooming season. Blooming will be reduced if done too late. This will also restrain unwanted reseeding, which will cause plant overcrowding.
Remember, Asters are prone to mildew, so be careful to plant them in areas with good circulation and good sun exposure.
As with other flowering plants, do not allow water to saturate leaves. Be sure to water at the plant's roots to prevent mildew and mold. Drip irrigation and utilization of a soaker hose work very well in watering these plants. See more at How to Grow and Care for Aster.