Botanical Name: Aster novi-belgii 'Alma Potschke'
Common Name: Alma Potschke Aster  
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Summer, Fall


Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season






Medium, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH



Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

English Cottage, Meadow, Ranch


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Foundation, Patio, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Cut Flowers, Mass Planting


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Bobbie Schwartz
  • Description

  • Notes

'Alma Potschke' is another aster hybrid that blooms late summer into fall, with quarter-sized, bright rosy-pink daisy-like flowers; a great contrast to the typical russets and muted oranges of fall. This is a large aster, growing 3 to 4 feet tall and wide, so give it the room it will need. Use in a perennial border, shrub or foundation border, and with ornamental grasses.
Grow in average, medium to dry, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Pinching back stems in late spring will lower overall plant height, but will also delay bloom onset and increase branches, increasing the number of blooms. A light winter mulch will help protect crowns. Cut stems to the ground in early spring before new growth appears. Wet soils in winter can be fatal.