Ampelaster (Aster) carolinianus

Currently being propagated, please ask as we may have some, or we can at least let you know when they will hopefully be available

Rarely offered, this US native produces masses of pale mauve - pink flowers very late in the year, a much appreciated source of food for bees and butterflies. Rather than being a true climber, it scrambles up through other shrubs, and can get to 10 feet. It needs a sunny, warm spot in well-drained soil. Cut off any dead growth in spring,

Common Name: Climbing Carolina Aster, Michaelmas Daisy
Plant Family: Asteraceae
Plant Type: Hardy Perennial
9 cm
Season of Interest
Autumn to spring
Bee and Butterfly
Sun or Shade
medium (up to 6 feet)
Minimum temperature
Sunny Border
Scented Flowers
Suggested Use
Cut Flower
Flower Colour
Leaf Colour
Soil Type
dry or sandy soil
Soil PH
No preference
Resistance to Honey Fungus
Resistant to Honey Fungus
Aster (Ampelaster) carolinianus - more info

Aster carolinianus, now correctly Ampelaster carolinianus is a climbing, deciduous perennial plant native to the southeastern United States. It scrambles rather than climbs, having no tendrils, nor does it twine itself around other plants. It can be tied to a support, or left to its own devices, where it can make a spreading mound if given space.

It belongs to the Asteraceae (daisy) family and has dainty flowers with narrow pale lavender ray florets and yellow centres. These are produced late in the year, so this is best planted in a warm sunny spot protected from early frosts.

The flowers are supposedly fragrant and attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects.

In ideal conditions it can grow to around 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide and needs moisture retentive but well-drained soils. An ideal and unusual addition to a warm garden.

Pot Sizes

Unless otherwise indicated our plants are supplied in the following pot sizes according to category. Dimensions refer to either the pot diameter (cm) or volume (litre);

  • Exotics/Conservatory & House Plants, Succulents: mostly as young plants in 7 to 9cm (approx. 0.5 litre)  or 1 litre pots
  • Hardy Perennials, Ferns and Grasses: 1 litre (approx. 12cm diameter)
  • Hardy Shrubs and Climbers: 1.5 or 2 litre 

The exact size of plants will vary with the growing season and may be cut back in accordance with normal pruning regimes or to fit in the box if they are excessively tall.

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Delivery Info

Minimum order value £10

Region Order Value Carriage Charge Carrier Service Estimated Delivery from placing your order
UK (excluding N. Ireland) Light weight small parcel up to 2 kg (up to 5 plants in 9 cm pots) £6 Royal Mail 1-2 Days (tracked) Up to 17 days
UK Mainland Orders over 2 kg £7.50 Royal Mail 1-2 Days (tracked) Up to 17 days
Seeds & Cuttings only All orders £2 Royal Mail 1st Class Within 1 week

Local Delivery: Postcodes IP1 to IP8 & CO10

Orders over £35 FREE Our vehicles Within 1 week

Collect from Nursery (IP7 6LZ)

All orders FREE  

1-3 days (we will contact you)

Scottish Highlands
& Isle of Wight

Orders over 2 kg 

£6 Royal Mail 1-2 Days (tracked)

Up to 18 days

Scottish Offshore Islands

Orders over 2 kg

£7.5 Royal Mail 1-2 Days (tracked)

Up to 18 days


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