Aster tongolensis ‘Wartburgstern’ WARTBURG STAR
Profuse bloomer that should be more often seen
Wartburg Star produces masses of large daisies of an unusual violet-blue shade, with glowing fire golden eyes. It makes an impressive blaze of colour, with a very long blooming period from late spring right into autumn.
It is a profuse bloomer, with each large flower being a very showy 6cm. approx. across.
The vivid flowers are held high on 30cm. stems above a mound of fine, dense foliage.
Aster tongolensis ‘Wartburg Star’ is very little known in Australia, but we hope that will soon be remedied.
Hardy, easy groundcover
Wartburg Star is a very hardy, easy, low maintenance ground-cover.
The fine, lance like, hairy leaves form a mounding mat that always looks soft and refined in texture, while it stays dense and hugging the ground.
Foliage is deep green, lush, and with a hairy soft texture. The only maintenance that may be required is a tidy up and cut back at the end of winter, ready to commence the new season of flowering.
Plant in Sun to Part Shade.
Wartburg Star is a very tolerant and accommodating plant which is easily pleased.
It is not fussy about soil type, and only requires average garden soil and average watering. So a range of soil types from sandy to clay is acceptable. It can tolerate soils that stay damp for periods, though not permanently boggy. Tolerates alkaline, lime soils with a pH of 6 to 7.5 well.
It is not a particularly thirsty plant, requiring only average garden watering, though It will reward you with even more flowers if you provide regular water when needed. It can withstand periods of dry.
Tolerates humidity well
Very frost hardy, as it can withstand very low temperatures well into minus degrees celsius.
Where to use in the garden
By planting several plants you can cover as much ground as you want to.
The long blooming period also makes Wartburg Star a great garden edge or low border, as well as an excellent choice for a feature container.
It is perfect for gravel gardens, and is suitable for windy or seaside gardens.
An excellent cut flower
Wartburg Star has a real reputation as a long lasting cut flower for the vase and floristry work. The flower stems are strong and self supporting.
– Height with flowers: 25cm. approx.
– Width: Ground-cover mound to 70cm wide approx. for each plant.
– Position: Full Sun to Part Shade. Hardy in heat, and can tolerate periods of dry well. Tolerates humidity well.
– Soil: Tolerates a range of soil types from sandy to clay. Can tolerate soils that stay damp for periods, though not permanently waterlogged. Requires only normal, average garden watering – it is not a thirsty plant. Can tolerate alkaline, lime soils with a pH of 6 to 7.5 well.
– Fragrance: None, but able to be forgiven because of the wonderful colour.
– Frost: Frost hardy in even the most severe frosts. Cab tolerate very low minus degrees of frost.
– Growth: Evergreen perennial ground-cover or feature plant.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Bees and butterflies love the nectar of the large button centres.
– Care: Very hardy, easy, low maintenance. A no-fuss plant.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Rabbits and deer are not particularly attracted to it.
– Origin: Native to India, western China and the Himalayas.