From California Natives Wiki
Botanical Name: Aster chilensis
Common Name: Coast Aster or California Aster
- Beautiful daisy-like flowers. Garden tolerant and produces lush growth. A good choice for perennial borders and containers. Warning: can be invasive.
- Plant Family: Asteraceae
- Plant Type: Groundcover
- Height by Width: 6in.-1' H x 5' W
- Growth Habit: Low, spreading
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
- Soil Preference: Adaptable
- Water Requirements: Moderate to regular
- Cold Hardy to: 25 degrees F
- Flower Season: Year-round
- Flower Color: Violet
- Endangered?: Not listed
- Distribution: West and central northwest, Central west, north south coast, North Channel Islands
- Natural Habitat: Grasslands, salt marshes, disturbed places below 2000'
- Care and Maintenance
- From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Grows 2 to 3 1/2 feet high, sending up several stems from the base. Produces large airy panicles of light blue or lavender flowers which are excellent for cutting. Spreads from a running root system and will thrive in full sun or partial shade. Gallon cans, 35c."
- Other Names
- Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.