purple dome asters

jasonkay(z5 IL)September 20, 2005

I know that the straight species is preferred to cultivars. However, I really like New England aster "purple dome", and I have a really good spot for it. My question is, does anyone have experience comparing how purple dome does for attracting birds and butterflies, as compared to the species New England aster?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
wardw(z6 NJ)

Isn't Purple Dome just an extra nice selection of the species? It really shouldn't matter to the butterflies, I've grown several types of New England Aster over the years, and they were all treated the same. When it comes to composites my personal rule is no double flowers since the petals often block insects from reaching the nectar.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2005 at 2:46PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jillmcm(z6 PA)

I have a couple purple dome and they're covered with blooms and butterflies...

    Bookmark   September 20, 2005 at 8:18PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
vegangirl(z6 VA)

I have an abundance of wild asters around plus several cultivars. I don't notice any difference in attractivness to butterflies or birds. There must be insects on the cultivars because I have seen warblers and chickadees gleaning from them

    Bookmark   September 23, 2005 at 8:44AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jasonkay(z5 IL)

Thanks for the responses. I feel reassured in my affection for purple dome.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2005 at 1:06PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
terri_zone5(Z5 NE)

Last summer a number of my aster 'purple dome' were much taller than the 18" they usually grow to. The color also seemed to have more magenta in them than the deep purple they had been in the past. Do these revert to whatever they were hybridized with? Am not sure if I should rip these out & replace them or if last year was an aboration. Has anyone else had this experience?

tc

    Bookmark   February 15, 2006 at 12:16PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
30+ turkey vultures!
Hi all, I was driving home from picking my kids up...
catherinet
Mouse, Vole or Shrew in Garage
Hi, I caught a couple of deer mouse a couple weeks...
GardenFan9595
Neighbours cat just killed my last chipmunk :(
I am so very sad right now. We started with 5 chipmunks...
datura222
Baby Mallards
I am in desperate need of some help. We just hatched...
michelewelker
Squirrel proof tube bird feeder
Need a recommendation for a good Squirrel-proof tube...
shw104
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™