Aster linosyris ‘Golden Dust’

18 Oct

Aster linosyris 'Golden Dust' (21/09/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Aster linosyris ‘Golden Dust’ (21/09/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun

Flowering period: Late summer

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 70cm

Eventual Spread: 30cm

Hardiness: 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a

Family: Asteraceae

Aster linosyris ‘Golden Dust’ is a deciduous herbaceous perennial with an erect habit. Its mid green leaves are lanceolate (almost needle like) with entire margins, up to 10cm long and 4mm broad. Its yellow flowers appear as simple corymbs. Its fruit is an achene.

The species Aster linosyris, commonly known as Goldilocks Aster, is native to east, south and central Europe (including UK). In its native habitat it grows in open grassy meadows and maritime locations. Aster linosyris is synonymous with Linosyris vulgaris.

The etymological root of the binomial name Aster is derived from the Greek asthr meaning ‘star’, in reference to its flower. Linosyris is an old generic name for yellow flax, given by Mathias de l’Obel (1538 – 1616), a physician and botanist.

The landscape architect may find Aster linosyris ‘Golden Dust’ useful as part of a prairie type planting scheme. Once established this perennial s drought tolerant.

Ecologically, Aster linosyris ‘Golden Dust’ flowers are attractive to pollinating insects.

Aster linosyris 'Golden Dust' Flower (21/09/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Aster linosyris ‘Golden Dust’ Flower (21/09/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Aster linosyris ‘Golden Dust’ prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils. It prefers a neutral to alkali pH of soil.

Aster linosyris ‘Golden Dust’ requires little maintenance. To keep a tidy appearance this perennial may be pruned before growth starts in spring.

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3 Responses to “Aster linosyris ‘Golden Dust’”

  1. Malik Ashar Azeem 18/10/2013 at 08:22 #

    Nice photos thanks for sharing it with us.niagara falls

  2. Lynn Hoffmann 18/10/2013 at 23:09 #

    I am new to the site. But it is very worthwhile and I look forward to the plant of the week.
    I really like the look of Golden Dust and will try to find a source for purchase.

    • Davis Landscape Architecture 19/10/2013 at 08:58 #

      Lynn, thanks for the comment, an unusual Aster with its fine leaves and bright yellow flowers. Good luck in your hunt for this plant.

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