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Symphyotrichum lateriflorum 'Lady In Black'

Lady in Black Side-flowering Aster

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‘Lady in Black’ features purple foliage and stems that are topped by a mass of tiny pale pink to white flowers with rosy centers from September through October. It is a mounded perennial that grows 3 feet tall and wide and was rated highly in the aster trials held at the Garden. Great plant for attracting pollinating insects like honey bees, butterflies and moths. Pinch back the stems beginning in the spring through early July to produce smaller plants. This aster grows best in full sun and well-drained soil. The Latin translation of the specific epithet (species) name describes its flowering habit, which features flowers on one side of the stem.

Plant Shape
Full Sun
Bloom Time
September - October
Bloom Color
Pink, White
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border, Specimen Plant, Groundcover
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Native to Midwest
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
5 - 7