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Ionactis linariifolius

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Stiff-Leaved Aster

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With its conifer-like texture, clump forming habit and drought tolerance, stiff-leaved aster (Ionactis linariifolia) is an unusual addition to rock gardens or xeric sites. Plants produce numerous, erect wiry stems with densely arranged stiff, needle-like foliage. Stems terminate in clusters of 1” wide flowers, ranging in shades of lavender, blue violet, or white with a central yellow disc that matures to a bronze red. Stiff-leaved aster grows 12-20” tall and prefers full sun in sandy to gravelly soil, but will tolerate some shade and moist, well-drained soil. This long blooming perennial complements Burgundy Bliss lyre-leaf sage (Salvia lyrata‘Burgundy Bliss’), shaggy gayfeather (Liatris pilosa), fire pink (Silene virginica), and Confederate-daisy (Helianthus porteri). Zones 4-9. 

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