Aster lateriflorus ‘Prince’

calico aster

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Outstanding Qualities

This cultivar of calico aster has foliage that emerges dark purple in the early spring and holds its color all season long. In full sun the thin fine textured leaves are almost black and held on upright strong stems that do not require staking. In late summer to early fall a profusion of cloud-like starry white flowers blushed with pink and purple cover the plant. This is an easy to grow perennial that is disease resistant and drought tolerant once established.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: pink, white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: purple summer foliage, late summer flowers

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’, Amsonia tabernaemontana, Aster x frikartii ‘Wunder von Stäfa’, Colchicum ‘Waterlily’, Geranium x riversleaianum ‘Mavis Simpson’

Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, white

Great Color Partners: purple, pink, cream

Culture Notes
This purple leaf form of calico aster develops it best flowers and foliage color in full sun and rich well-drained soil; however, it will tolerate clay and sandy soils. Provide regular watering especially as the flower buds develop in mid summer for a full floriferous show. No staking is required. Cut the stems to the ground in late fall to give a tidy look for the winter.