Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist, wet
Soil Description: rich, average, loam, clay, sand
Bloom Time: July, August, September, October, November
Bloom Color: purple, lavender
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: attracts butterflies, colonizing, fall interest, naturalizing, pond margin plant, stream margin plant, swamp plant
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Symphyotrichum puniceumAlso known as:
Symphyotrichum puniceum is a variable-sized aster that can grow from 2' to 8' tall. Its most recognizable feature are the reddish or purple stems, whence its common name. The daisy-like flowers can vary in color from pale lavender to purple. They can be rather large for an aster, measuring up to 1 1/2 inches across.
Symphyotrichum puniceum is best grown in full sun, in moist to wet soil. It is commonly found in low-lying open meadows, bog and swamp margins. It has an open, rather scraggly form. Pinch the stems early will encourage a denser appearance and reduce the need for staking. Bloom times will vary according to geographic location, from July until November (or first frost). Zones 2-8
Propagate from seed.
It enjoys the widest distribution of any American aster.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV
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