A low-growing, native Michaelmas Daisy, 'Alert' draws plenty of late-season attention from double, vibrant reddish purple flowers with bright yellow centers. A short, neat form makes it excellent for container culture as well as at the front of flower beds. Good for cutting.
We count Asters among the great garden plants, because many of them hold off blooming until late summer and fall, when most garden plants are spent. Plants grow and flower best in full sun and evenly moist soil; they do not like drought.
Every state has agricultural regulations that restrict the shipment of certain plants. We are sorry, but we cannot ship this item to the following states: CA, ID, NV, OR, TX, UT, WA.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
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Grow in full sun (or partial shade in the South) in moist but well-drained soil (A. amellus tolerates drought). A. novae-angliae varieties are susceptible to powdery mildew in dry soil. They also require division every year or two to remain vigorous. A. novae-angliae varieties may require staking; if you prefer, you can pinch them back once or twice (by 1/3–1/2) before the end of June (July in the South and the Southwest) to keep them compact. In the South, A. X frikartii 'Monch' may stop blooming by midsummer; shear it back by half, and it will bloom again through the better part of fall.