This compact plant with silvery-green foliage is great for a formal location or container gardens. When in bloom, the light-purple flowers contrast nicely with the foliage. It would make a great addition to a rock garden. It loves sunny dry areas.
Don't over-water as silky aster needs to wilt a little in summer to force its lower leaves to fall off, a natural occurence in its native habitat that allows this weak-stemmed plant to stand upright. The exposed, smooth stems are showy.
Prairie dropseed, lanceleaf coreopsis, pale-purple and yellow coneflower, and Missouri black-eyed susan are all good companion species.
Uses: pollinators, rock gardens, drought tolerant, container gardens
Bloom time: August & September
Height: 16 to 26 inches
Space: 12 to 16 inches
Sun: Full sun
Moisture: Dry to average