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Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Aster puniceus.

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Aster puniceus.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The roots are diaphoretic, emmenagogue and febrifuge[1]. A decoction has been used in the treatment of colds, consumption, typhoid, pneumonia and fevers[1]. A decoction has been used to promote menstruation - this can lead to an abortion[1]. The decoction has also been used to restore a woman to health after giving birth[1]. The chewed root has been applied to an aching tooth to allay the pain[1].
There are no medicinal uses listed for Aster puniceus.


Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

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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[2]. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks at 20°c[2]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.

Division in spring or autumn[3]. 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.

Basal cuttings in late spring. Harvest the shoots when they are about 10 - 15cm long with plenty of underground stem. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.

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Succeeds in most good garden soils[4], preferring one that is well-drained and moisture retentive[3]. Prefers a sunny position[3], but it also succeeds in partial shade[5]. Prefers a rich soil[4], but tolerates poor ones[5].

Plants are hardy to about -25°c[6]. The crushed plant has a smell like juniper berries[1]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[3]. Plants need to be divided every few years, preferably in the spring, in order to keep the plant vigorous[6]. Most species in this genus seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[5].

Attracts butterflies and moths, it is also a good bee plant providing nectar in autumn[7].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Aster puniceus
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
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Material uses
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Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
light shade
Soil PH
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Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
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    Adapted Climate Zones
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    Native Geographical Range
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    Native Environment
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    Ecosystem Niche
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    Root Zone Tendancy
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    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
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    1. ? Moerman. D. Native American Ethnobotany Timber Press. Oregon. ISBN 0-88192-453-9 (1998-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.1 Rice. G. (Editor) Growing from Seed. Volume 2. Thompson and Morgan. (1988-00-00)
    3. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.1 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    5. ? Thomas. G. S. Perennial Garden Plants J. M. Dent & Sons, London. ISBN 0 460 86048 8 (1990-00-00)
    6. ? 6.06.1 Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Perennials Volumes 1 and 2. Pan Books ISBN 0-330-30936-9 (1991-00-00)
    7. ? Carter D. Butterflies and Moths in Britain and Europe. Pan ISBN 0-330-26642-x (1982-00-00)
    8. ? Clapham, Tootin and Warburg. Flora of the British Isles. Cambridge University Press (1962-00-00)