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August 9, 2014

New Front Yard: Butterflies love Point St. George asters

Little lavender flowers attract birds, too.

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

Aster chilensis

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.

Debbie Arrington

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See photo galleries of the arboretum’s Community Favorites and Arboretum All-Stars at sacbee.com/home_garden .

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