Boltonia asteroids - False Aster
My favourite autumn flowering plant. A native American wildflower, it produces masses of small mauve flowers during late summer and autumn. This plant grows to around 1.2 metres. I team it up with my Jerusalem artichokes which flower at the same time. The mauve flowers of the boltonia look stunning with the yellow sunflower like flowers of the Jerusalem artichokes. Boltonia is very easy to grow. It prefers full sun with dampish soil. It is rhizomatous by nature so will spread, but not aggressively. Removal of any unnecessary plants is easy. Boltonia is a perennial and is cut back to ground level after flowering. Due to its height, plant at the back of the boarder. Insects especially bees and butterflies love this plant. And boltonia makes an excellent cut flower.