Aster x frikartii Monch was bred nearly one hundred years ago by a Swiss nurseryman Carl Ludwig Frikart who is the name sake of this group of hybrids and is responsible for breeding nearly all of them. Monch is possibly the most well know of this group. It has large pale mauve flowers, and grows to nearly one metre tall and is domed in habit.





Aster x frikartii 'Monch'

  • Aster amellus, A. thomsonii and their hybrid A. x frikartii are a relatively trouble free group of Asters. They form neat mounding plants which need minimal support, bloom over a long period with an abundance of flowers and most importantly they don't suffer with mildew like many other Asters. Aster amellus or Italian starwort is native to mainland Europe and A.thomsonii comes from the Himalayas. They are all hardy in UK gardens and require little winter protection. 


    These Asters are relatively drought resistant but, they will require some watering during the hotter months. It is a good idea when planting to incorporate grit into the planting hole so that they have sharp drainage through the winter. Spent mushroom compost can also be added as Asters prefer alkaline soils.. Finally a good feed during the summer is also beneficial as you will be rewarded with domes of vivid flowers.


    Supplied as a 9cm pot ready for planting out.

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