Aster amellus ‘King George’

Aster amellus ‘King George’ is also known as the Italian Aster ‘King George’, Michaelmas Daisy ‘King George’, European Michaelmas Daisy, Fall Aster ‘King George’ or Italian Starwort ‘King George’. It belongs to the Asteraceae family of plants, a relative to Chrysanthemums and the Sunflower. It is native to Europe. Aster amellus ‘King George’ is an herbaceous perennial that grows to 2ft or 60cm.

Aster amellus 'King George'
Aster amellus ‘King George’

Aster amellus ‘King George’ has erect branched stems. It has dark oval leaves and is very bushy. It has a long flowering season probably all through summer and autumn Aster amellus ‘King George’ flowers profusely with blue-violet or lilac daisy-like flowers that have yellow centers. The flowers are hermaphroditic and can be self-fertilized or by insects. The seeds ripen in October. This is a very reliable aster that seldom has problems with mildew.

Aster amellus 'King George'
Aster amellus ‘King George’

Aster amellus ‘King George’ is easy to grow and does not require stalking. It is an upright plant and it is drought tolerant. Plant Aster amellus ‘King George’ in moderately fertile, moist soil that is well-drained. Place it in full sun. It will die back to below ground level by winter and starts a new growth in spring. Aster amellus ‘King George’ attracts birds, bees, and butterflies.

Aster amellus 'King George'
Aster amellus ‘King George’ or Italian Aster ‘King George’

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