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Aster novi-belgii 'Samoa' (Island Series)

Description:  The Island Series are dwarf forms of Aster recently introduced.  Compact and bushy upright habit which in late summer to autumn produces heads of  double, incurved, pink-purple flowers that look stunning against the dark green foliage. Resistant to mildew which may have discouraged the growing of Asters in the past.

Uses: Ideal for the front of a border to give a late summer splash of rich colour.  Also good in containers and in patio gardens.

Climate/Position: Sunny site prefered

Height/Spread: 60cm x 30 cm spread

Soil Requirements: Moist soils are preferred.

Pruning: The flower stems can be left through the late autumn after flowering then cut back to ground level in late winter.

Special Requirements: The plants need to be divided every few years as the centre of a large spreading clump will die out. This should be done in the spring.

Additional Interest: The name novi-belgii comes from New Belgium the early name for New York