Aster X Salignus, Common Michaelmas Daisy



Common name:
Common Michaelmas daisy
Scientific name:
Aster x salignus
Main flower color:
Range:
Across all the UK - an introduced species, often a garden escape
Height:
Up to 100 cm
Habitat:
Fens, riverbanks, roadsides, other disturbed ground
Flowers:
Pale to dark purple; slender ray florets around a compact centre of disc florets, initially yellow, maturing through red and brown. Below are several rows of light green phyllaries, curving outwards at the tips. Flowerheads are produced singly at the top of the hairy stem branches
Leaves:
Opposite, narrowly lanceolate, with finely toothed margins
Season:
July to October
Rarity:
★★★★★