Jindai Tatarian Aster
Flower description / bloom time
Small, ¾-inch, lavender-blue daisies with a yellow center are clustered at the tips of the stems. ‘Jindai’ blooms in September and October.
Distinctive paddle-shaped, almost tobacco-like basal leaves are up to 18 inches long and 5 inches wide. Leaves on the upper stems are smaller.
Habit and growth rate observations
‘Jindai’ is a compact plant with upright stems to 4 or 5 feet tall, which is about 2 feet shorter than the species. It spreads by rhizomes to 3 feet wide.
Site preference—soil and light
Tatarian aster is easily grown in average, well-drained soils in full sun.
Successes and possible drawbacks—how to overcome them
‘Jindai’ features late-season lavender-blue flowers and a different habit from most commonly grown asters. Divide Jindai every 3-4 years if needed to control growth. Plants can spread widely by rhizomes under optimum growing conditions. This is the only aster that rabbits do not eat!
Notes from growers/retailers
‘Jindai’ had no grower notes except that it was long-lived and trouble free.
Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ and Eupatorium maculatum are good companion plants for ‘Jindai’.
Parting SHOT— the overall evaluation results were Good
Bold and colorful best describes this showstopper! Pretty late season lavender-blue flowers, bold foliage, and an upright habit give ‘Jindai’ a nice presence in the garden. It’s habit can be aggressive, so a word of warning to gardeners is warranted. ‘Jindai’ is a great aster for massing or for the back of the perennial border.