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Boltonia (bowl-TOE-nee-uh)

Common Name:  Starflower

Light:  - Full sun to part sun

Soil:  Average to rich, moist but well-drained

Moisture:  Average

Blooms:  Late summer

Zones:  3 - 8

Boltonia 'Nana'

Boltonia 'Pink Beauty'

Boltonia Description and Cultural Information

Boltonia asteroides, boltonia. 2' - 6'. Boltonias are tall, rounded plants with small bluish-green leaves. They are covered with small daisylike flowers in late summer into early fall. 'Pink Beauty' is a tall and sometimes leggy hybrid growing to 4' tall with light pink flowers. 'Snowbank' grows 4' by 4' with bright white flowers so profuse you will understand how it gets its name. 'Nana' is a dwarf variety that is not as heat tolerant but has excellent form growing 24" tall with purplish white flowers.

How to Grow:  Plant boltonias in average to rich, moist but well-drained soil in full sun to part sun. They will grow in dry soil but may not attain their true size and will wilt often. The taller varieties may need staking or may need to lend support from sturdy nearby plants.

Landscape uses:  Boltonias make a great addition to the wildflower or meadow garden. Plant them with other late summer perennials such as Japanese anemone, asters, obedient plant, Sedum, or ornamental grasses.

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