‘Alert’ Aster


‘Alert’ Aster

Symphyotrichum dumosus 12–15" tall. Tight clusters of semi-double blooms are deep purplish-red with golden eyes. Short compact mounding form. Excellent late-season cutflower.

Freely branching sprays of brightly colored flowers decorate the autumn landscape throughout the Northeast. Asters add hardy grace to the back of the wild border and will naturalize on banks or in the meadow. Cut back slightly in early to mid June to induce an abundance of 1½– 2" rayed blooms from late August into October. Deer usually don’t eat them. Asters provide important late-season nectar to hungry pollinators. Plant 12–18" apart in light moist humusy soil in full sun with good air circulation. Zone 4 (2½" plug stock)

734 ‘Alert’
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Additional Information

Herbaceous Perennial Plants

When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock immediately. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. Surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. Store plants in their packaging in a cool (35–40°) location until you are ready to plant. If it’s going to be awhile, you can pot up your perennials.

Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors before danger of frost has passed. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting.

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