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Aster scaber -

Range:E. Asia - China, Japan
Aster scaber () is a Perennial which grows to a height of 1.2m . It has a hardness rating of 7.
Aster scaber will flower in February to April. the seeds ripen from March to May
The flowers from this plant are hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and they are pollinated by Bees, flies, beetles, lepidoptera, self

Soil Information

Aster scaber will grow in light (sandy),medium (loamy),hard (clay) soil. It is / is important for the soil to be well drained.
The soil prefers the following PH / acid levels :
- pH of less than 6, Acidic soils
- pH between 6 and 8, Neutral soils
- pH greater than 8, Basic soils
Aster scaber prefers moist soils

Ideal Planting Locations

Aster scaber should not be planted in shady areas.

Woods and thickets in hills and low mountains all over Japan[58].

Planting places suited to this plant described below.

Cultivation Details

Succeeds in most good garden soils[1], preferring one that is well-drained and moisture retentive[200]. Prefers a sunny position[200]. Most species in this genus seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[200].

Edible Uses*

* See disclaimer
Edible Rating: 1/5
Young plant[105, 177]. No more details are given.

Medicinal Uses*

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Medicinal Rating: 0/5
None known


Seed - surface sow in spring in a cold frame. Do not allow the compost to become dry. Pre-chilling the seed for two weeks can improve germination rates[134]. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks at 20c[134]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring or autumn[200]. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted straight into their permanent positions whist smaller clumps are best potted up and kept in a cold frame until they are growing away well.

Known Hazards

None known

Other Uses

None known


no recorded cultivars


Flora of Japan. (English translation)
Ohwi. G.
Author: Ohwi. G.
Publisher : The standard work. Brilliant, but not for the casual reader.
Date of Publication : 1965

The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Huxley. A.
Author: Huxley. A.
Publisher : Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
Date of Publication : 1992

Flora of Japan

Publisher : An on-line version of the flora - an excellent resource.
Date of Publication : 0

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