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Ampelaster carolinianus

Native Plants


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Climbing-aster 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 climbing aster 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 well in full sun on fences, can be grown in deciduous shrubs or evergreens such as Ilex opaca, Ilex glabra, and Magnolia virginiana and is also effective as a ground cover.

More Details

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

    Aster carolinianus

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