Ampelaster carolinianus (Asteraceae)
A vining Aster? And a native to boot? If you provide a trellis or post, this amazing Aster will scramble to the top. Foliage is slightly grayish with narrow leaves; loads of tight, purplish-pink buds pop open to reveal spidery rose-pink flowers that mature to lilac. Our plant covers a mailbox post and blooms from mid-October through November. Let it ramble, or cut back by 1/3 every spring for multi-stemmed billows of fall color. Tough as nails in dry, average or moist soils; provide a slightly sheltered location in zone 6.
Bloom color: rose-pink
Bloom period: late-fall
Container size: Qt.