Aster 'Grape Crush'
Aster 'Grape Crush', is an improved version of the New England aster that graces roadsides with fall beauty throughout the states of the Northeastern United States. This cold hardy plant has rich purple blooms, a massive spreading habit, and doesn't flop or fall over at full bloom like some of the species. Pollinators love the late season blooms and in some areas this will be their last chance of nectar/pollen before bedding down for their winters nap. Also love by butterflies! Grape Crush is a great landscape plant to aid in helping the monarch butterfly make it's long journey to Mexico every year. As the daylength shortens these beauties come alive and start blooming in the north of their range sooner than the south giving the butterflies a chance to glean energy along the way. Just a lovely plant for both the human eye and wildlife.
Mature Plant Size: 30" Tall, 36" Spread
Bloom Time: Late August - October
Light Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Type/pH: Well-drained/5.5-7.0
Hardiness Zones: 3-8
Fertilizer: If using compost apply an 1" at planting time and side dress annually in late fall or early spring. If using a granular fertilizer, we recommend organic formulations, apply an all purpose formula in early spring annually. It is only recommended to use liquid fertilizers when the growth is slow during the active growing season; this is not normally needed. Plants that are over-fertilized will be heavy and may fall over so keep the fertilizer on the light side.
Container Size: 4.5" Pot
Cannot be propagated; plant patent applied for