Italian Aster
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Italian Aster
ntroduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Italian Aster
Botanical name: Aster amellus      Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Like most asters, Italian Aster produces it purple flowers in late summer or autumn. This is the European species of aster. This species grows naturally in central and eastern Europe as far as western Russia and Turkey. It is a clump-forming, upright, hairy perennial with lance-shaped, mid-green leaves 3-5 cm long. The flowers are borne in autumn in terminal clusters of 5 cm wide, violet-pink daises.

Identification credit: Nandan Kalbag Photographed in the Yogi Nursery, Delhi.

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