Aster, Silk Grass, Grass-Leaved Golden
Cat# 1053 When we first saw this species where it was the major ground cover along a highway roadside, we thought it was a silvery grass with one foot long leaves. But then were we ever surprised to see the 2 inch clusters of bright golden yellow daisy-like flowers on 21/2 foot stems in late summer! This Golden Aster can be very useful. It is a tough, vigorous, evergreen groundcover for sunny dry places. Although it has silvery leaves, it retains its color and will not melt out in our typical muggy August. Then we're rewarded with colorful flowers from late summer into fall. Two cultural hints-cut back old foliage in spring as the new growth emerges, and flower stems may flop and the plants may rot if soil is too rich or damp. Keep it lean and mean! This one is a sleeper.