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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
Michaelmas daisy 'Coombe Fishacre'
Aster coelestis 'Coombe Fishacre' Aster 'Coombe Fishacre'
Aster novi-belgii 'Coombe Fishacre'
Symphyotrichum includes around 90 species of annuals, biennials and perennials, mostly spread through the Americas, that were formerly included within the genus Aster. Leaves are simple, lance-shaped and entire, but it is their daisy-like flowerheads that they are grown for; central disc florets are typically yellow, surrounded by strap-shaped ray florets in shades of pink, blue, purple or white
'Coombe Fishacre' is a spreading, bushy perennial, with neat, dark foliage and sprays of small pale lilac-pink daisies with brownish-pink centres in late summer and autumn
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or West-facing or North-facing or East-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
MoistureMoist but well-drained
SoilSand, Loam, Clay, Chalk
pHNeutral, Acid, Alkaline
Time to ultimate height
Grow in well-cultivated, fertile, moist soil in sun or partial shade; may need staking
Propagate by division in spring; division every third year to maintain vigour
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds
Cottage & Informal Garden Coastal Wildlife Gardens
Pruning Cut back in late autumn
Pests Prone to tarsonemid mite
Asters may suffer Verticillium wilt, powdery mildews and grey moulds
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