Aster novae-angliae 'Grape Crush'
Grape Crush Aster, Grape Crush New England Aster
- Main interest:
- compact mounding habit, attractive and abundant deep purple flowers, late blooming, fall colour
- full sun
- Soil humidity:
- dry to moist soil; well drained
- Growth type:
- Flower colour:
- dark purple
- Flowering period:
- August to September
- USDA Hardiness:
- zone 3a: -40 °C (-40 °F) View Zone Map
- Mature height & width (max.):
- height: 2.5 ft (0.75 m) width: 3.5 ft (1.1 m)
- foundation, low hedge, container,cut flower, good for pollinators
Grape Crush Aster is a stunning, herbaceous perennial. This plant has a large, round shape, and is densely packed with royal, purple-coloured flowers in the fall. Makes excellent cut flowers. Grape Crush Aster is a variety of New England Aster, a native wildflower and is beneficial to local pollinator species, like bees and butterflies.
Very easy to grow, this dark purple Aster can tolerate dry soil and some drought but does best with moist soil. It is recommended to prune back the plant until July to promote dense growth, and remove the potential need for staking during blooming.
Synonym(s): Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Grape Crush'
Also known as: Hairy Michaelmas Daisy, Autumn Aster, New England Daisy, New England American-aster