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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Aster 'Wonder of Stafa'
Pronounced: As-ter FRICK-urt-ee-eye
Country of Origin:
Sunset zones: All (Western). USDA zones: 5-8.
Height: 28 inches (71 cm). Width: 16 inches (40 cm).
August until first frost.
Lavender-blue flowers with orange centers.
Dark green leaves.
Moderately fertile, well-drained soil.
A mulch of compost or manures in fall. Apply a complete organic fertilizer in spring. After cutting back growth in early summer, a light feeding of fish fertilizer will help with new leaf growth.
Division in early spring or late fall. | Root basal cuttings in spring.
Cut plants back by half in late May or early June to promote bushier growth. The plants may need staking.
Rainy Side Notes
Around 1920 at the Stafa Nursery in Switzerland, Karl Frikart crossed an eastern European species A. amellus with A. thomsonii, native to the Himalayans in Pakistan. He came up with the Frikart's asters - A. 'Mönch' and A. 'Wonder of Stafa'.
Aster 'Wonder of Stafa' is an important element in the autumn garden. It is very similar to A. 'Mönch', only taller and a little lighter in flower color, and makes a good cut flower. Unlike many asters, it is not susceptible to powdery mildew. These cultivars are great butterfly and bee plants.
Article: Planning a Colorful Autumn Garden.
Photographed in author's garden.
Perennials indexed by botanical names. Click on corresponding letter below.