Perennials this Month - September 1996

Dr. Leonard P. Perry, Extension Associate Professor, University of Vermont

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Plant of the Month: Aster lateriflorus 'Horizontalis', Calico Aster

height x width: 15-18" x 18-24"

flowers: pinkish white, early to mid fall

hardiness: USDA zones 3-8

interest: *beautiful mass of small flowers white fading pink
*many tiny leaves dark green turning bronze red in fall, in horizontal layers of branches
*compact habit
*native in New England and many parts of East
*new cultivar 'Prince' has purple foliage all season, improvement over species; introduced by Dr. Alan Leslie of Monksilver Nursery, England

More new or proven perennials!

*Aster novae-angliae 'Alma Potschke'-- brilliant pink New England Aster, one of most striking of asters and of flowers that late summer to early fall; 24-36" x 24-36"; USDA zones 3-8; old German variety.
*Artemisia 'Powis Castle'-- fairly new Wormwood from England; hybrid of arborescens and absinthium species; non-flowering; filigreed foliage has silky silver sheen; USDA zones 5-8.
*Miscanthus sinensis 'Purpurascens'-- Flame Grass so named from bronzy-orange fall color--best fall color of genus; slow spreader forming large clumps 48" x 24-36"; creamy white fall seedheads are showy in mid-winter; USDA zones 4-8.

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