Plantidote of the day 2011-11-12
Michaelmas daisy, purple aster, frost flower
This is a great alternative to the chrysanthemum for autumn bloom. It got its common name Michaelmas from the Feast of St Michael, which is September 29. It continues to bloom until heavy frost. It's easy to grow (z.3-9), likes full sun and well drained soil.
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