Symphyotrichum (Aster) lateriflorum 'Lady in Black' (Calico Aster)

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Symphyotrichum lateriflorum (syn. Aster lateriflorus), commonly called calico aster or side-flower aster, is a medium-sized scrubby wildflower commonly found in moist part-shade areas like low woodlands, stream margins, or damp, low-lying prairie areas. The ‘Lady in Black’ cultivar of side-flower aster is so-named for its darker green-purple to purple-black foliage and attractive pink and dark purple tinted blooms. Typically producing telltale yellow and white aster-like flowers, ‘Lady in Black’ produces profuse small flowers along the sides of its stems from early to mid-autumn; with the plant’s bushy appearance, the ‘Lady in Black’ cultivar has an attractive multi-use appearance with foliage that remains attractive from first emergence till first frost.

Commonly used for naturalized wildflower plantings in full sun to part-shade, ‘Lady in Black’ makes an excellent contrast against other green-leaved asters, attracts many kinds of pollinators and butterflies, and can be effectively used in groups or masses, like backing hedges or as an accent along walkways in pollinator or meadow gardens. Symphyotrichum lateriflorum is drought tolerant, deer resistant, and works well both when left natural – where its seeds can be left to benefit songbirds – or when deadheaded, as its blooms make for an excellent, long-lasting cut flower.

Native to U.S. and Native to Maryland
Mature Plant Height: Medium: 30-48"
Deciduous
Sun (6+ hours) and Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry and Well-drained
Soil Type: Average
Bloom Time: Fall
Flower Color: Purple and Pink
Foliage color: Purple
Features: Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Pollinators, and Fall Color
Tolerances: Black Walnut Tolerant, Clay Soil Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Deer Tolerant, Shade Tolerant, Dry Shade Tolerant, and Flood Tolerant
Garden Type: Pollinator Garden, Meadow, Woodland Garden, Small Space, Rock Garden, and Border/Screen

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