Six open pollinated seeds from our gardens for $4.00.
Aster stracheyi is named after Lt. Richard Strachey, 19th century official with the Indian Civil Service and plant collector in Tibet. It is a rare alpine aster which is a short, clump-forming perennial (height 20cm x 1m wide), with large lavender daisy flowers yellow centres. The flowers are attractive to pollinators and make excellent cut flowers. It prefers a well-drained soil and full sun.
Seeds can be sown at any time but are best sown in winter or early spring to benefit from a cold spell in the wet compost to break their dormancy. Cover seeds very thinly with sand or fine grit to about the depth of the seed size. If the seeds do not come up within 6 to 12 weeks the damp seed tray can be given cold treatment in a fridge for about four weeks. They may still take many months to appear, so please be patient and do not discard the pot or tray.