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Ampelaster carolinianus

Native Plants

Climbing-Aster

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Summary

Climbing-aster (Ampelaster carolinianus) utilizes the structure of other plants to scramble vertically and make itself visible. Side branches grow horizontally, interlacing themselves through host twigs or lodging in branches to allow this plant to scramble over nearby plants. This 6-8’ scandent, herbaceous perennial blooms very late in the season and only ceases blooming when hit by a hard frost. Climbing-aster produces delightfully fragrant, 1¼” diameter yellow-centered lavender to pink flowers. It performs best in full sun in average to moist, well-drained soil. It is tolerant of temporary flooding and is drought tolerant once established. Ideal planted along fences, trained on a garden structure, or grown through deciduous shrubs like winterberry (Ilex verticillata), fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus), or an evergreen such as inkberry (Ilex glabra). It is also effective as a ground cover. Formerly known as Aster carolinianus. Zones 6-9. 


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  • Plant Type
    perennial 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry, moist 
  • Flowering Period
    late-fall, winter
  • Soil PH
    adaptable 
  • Flower Color
    lavender, pink 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Other Scientific Names

    Aster carolinianus

     
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green, purple 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown, tan