This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum “New Front Yard” series, 41 drought-tolerant and beautiful plants well adapted to our region.
Point St. George aster
Size: Under 2 feet.
Bloom season: Summer, fall.
Pruning needs: Cut back occasionally to control spreading.
Exposure: Full sun.
Water needs: Once established, water every two to three weeks.
Snapshot: Want a lavender carpet? This pretty California native aster quickly spreads into a lush bed of little soft purple daisy-like flowers. Butterflies love their nectar. Birds flock to their seed. This vigorous perennial can be very aggressive; keeping it on a water diet can help control its rapid growth. You can see specimens in the arboretum’s Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Native Plants on the UC Davis campus.
• For more on the New Front Yard, click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu.
See photo galleries of the arboretum’s Community Favorites and Arboretum All-Stars at sacbee.com/home_garden.