Purple-stemmed aster (symphyotrichum puniceum) flower
Purple-stemmed Aster
Symphyotrichum puniceum
Aster family - Asteraceae

Growth habit: Tall clumping perennial

Height: 60 - 120 cm

Spread: Info coming soon

Bloom Time: August - September

Bloom Colour: Pale to deep purple

Light: Full sun, will tolerate some shade

Moisture: Moist to average

Soil: Average garden soil

Seeding: Requires cold stratification. Low germination rate.

Landscape uses: This sturdy and showy aster is a good back-of-the-border plant. It will spread into a large clump, and may self-seed a little, but the sheer number of flowers makes it a stunning visual addition to late summer and autumn gardens.

Interesting features: The reddish-purple stems provide interesting contrast.

Natural habitat: Wetlands.

Ecology: All asters are important sources of nectar and pollen for native bees and other insects as they prepare for winter. Attracts butterflies.