Perennial Flower Information
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Boltonia - False Starwort, False
bloom at the same time and resemble some of the wild
Asters of the garden and woodland. The leaves are long
and grayish and in these characteristics are roughly
distinguished from the perennial Asters, or Michaelmas
commonly list three sorts: B. asteroides, a tall,
white sort growing 4 feet to 5 feet tall, blooming in
August and September; B. latisquama, which is
similar to the former sort but with pinkish lavender
flowers; and B. latisquama nana which grows only
R feet tall. The colors are not strictly the distinguishing
characteristics, but as the catalogs usually agree,
we shall pass on to add that the flowers of B. latisquama
are generally larger than those of the first species.
The Boltonias, because of their great height, are highly
desirable in large perennial borders because the plants
literally bear thousands of star-like flowers. They
serve excellently as cut flowers.
The plants are of the simplest culture, taking care
of themselves when established. Sometimes when the soil
is rich, they grow a bit too tall for their strength.
Their appearance is then improved by staking.
The seeds usually grow successfully, but the plants
are readily divided into pieces in the Spring. Frequent
division is advisable as the plants reproduce rapidly.