Aster macrophyllus ‘Twilight’
(Syn. Eurybia – recently re-classified)
Lovely twilight shades of blue in this fine Easter Daisy.
So Aster macrophyllus ‘Twilight’ produces clouds of misty lavender-blue small daisies, with fine ray petals. It is a star for prolific flower production.
And it makes an excellent cut flower too.
(Scroll down to “Growing” section for plant details & how to grow).
Fine appearance hides a tough constitution
However it’s delicate appearance disguises a tough constitution. It is actually ultra-hardy.
Because it comes from a native habitat amongst trees and shrubs in open woodland.
So it is not a bit fussy, and is very tolerant of poorer soils, including clay, as well as frosts and humidity.
And it can also cope with periods of dry, particularly if it gets some shade.
Good groundcover, especially on slopes
Aster microphyllus ‘Twilight’ is an effective groundcover on slopes, where it can help stabilize the soil. Plus it is hardy, easy and low maintenance.
Growing: Aster macrophyllus ‘Twilight’
– Height with flowers: Blooms in heads on strong, upright stems to 60cm. approx.
– Width: ‘Twilight’ creates a dense carpet of heart shaped leaves. It gently spreads to reach a diameter of 60-75cm. approx.
– Position: Aster macrophyllus ‘Twilight’ is very obliging and easily pleased.
So it is happy in either Full Sun or Part Shade.
And can cope well with periods of dry in either location. It is of course perfectly happy with some shade, as a native of wood and scrublands.
It can also tolerate humidity well, unlike many other Asters.
Tough & hardy
– Soil: Again ‘Twilight’ is easily pleased. It copes in a wide range of soils, from light and sandy, rocky and gravel, to clay based. Neither is it particularly fussy about soil pH. So it can tolerate soils on either the acid or alkaline lime side of neutral. Although it does ask for good drainage.
– Water-wise: Aster macrophyllus ‘Twilight’ is not a thirsty plant. So it can tolerate some periods of dry in either sun or shade. And normal, average garden watering is ample.
– Frost: ‘Twilight’ is exceptionally frost hardy, as it can tolerate severe frosts to well below -20C.
– Growth: A perennial which gently spreads by rhizomes to form a groundcover of heart shaped foliage. The underground rhizomes give it hardiness and resistance to difficult conditions.
Easy low care
– Beneficial for wildlife: Bees and butterflies are very happy foraging for nectar and pollen in the abundant flowers. The late summer and autumn flowering season is also a help to them. As ‘Twilight’ blooms at a time of the year when fresh flowers can be scarce.
– Care: Very easy low care.
With the only work being to shear back the spent flower stems to the ground after flowering.
Aster macrophyllus ‘Twilight’ is generally pest and disease free.
And blessedly it is free from attack by mildew, which blights some of the old hybrid Asters.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Both rabbits and deer tend to put this Aster low on their foraging list, and steer away from it unless they are starving.
– Origin: Aster macrophyllus is found in beech and maple woodlands, sandy groves under oak trees, on shaded sand dunes, and shaded edges of woodlands, in the East of North America.