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Symphyotrichum lateriflorum 'Lady in Black'

Symphyotrichum lateriflorum 'Lady in Black'
Michaelmas daisy

Synonym(s) Aster lateriflorus
Common name Michaelmas daisy
Family asteraceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-9)
Flowers white/pink (Sept-Oct)
Size 4'
Light sun
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil

Through most of the season, this aster forms a rather unassuming clump of dark-green foliage. In late summer, the plant stretches out, and sets lots of buds. But it isn't until several weeks later, starting early fall, that the buds finally open to reveal masses of small pink-centered white daisies. After just hanging on through several years on the back yard island hill, our specimen was moved to a more cultivated spot on the other end of the back yard island, where it promptly ballooned to its full potential.

Symphyotrichum lateriflorum 'Lady in Black'
Coming up strong in mid-May. For some reason, it reminds me of a dark imp

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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