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Aster amellus - L.

Common Name Ialian Aster
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Scrub and wood margins.[50] Marshy places and lake sides[178], mainly on limestone soils[200].
Range Europe to E. Asia.
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Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Aster amellus Ialian Aster


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Aster amellus is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.7 m (2ft 4in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from September to October, and the seeds ripen in October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, flies, beetles, Lepidoptera (Moths & Butterflies). The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

A. amelloides. Besser. A. trinervius. Roxb.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Leaves and young plants - cooked[177]. Only certain varieties (not specified in the report) are used[177]. A nutritional analysis is available[218].

Composition
Figures in grams (g) or miligrams (mg) per 100g of food.
Leaves (Dry weight)
  • 305 Calories per 100g
  • Water : 0%
  • Protein: 32.8g; Fat: 5.5g; Carbohydrate: 50g; Fibre: 8.6g; Ash: 11.7g;
  • Minerals - Calcium: 328mg; Phosphorus: 594mg; Iron: 31mg; Magnesium: 0mg; Sodium: 0mg; Potassium: 4164mg; Zinc: 0mg;
  • Vitamins - A: 26mg; Thiamine (B1): 1.41mg; Riboflavin (B2): 2.81mg; Niacin: 8.59mg; B6: 0mg; C: 688mg;
  • Reference: [ ]
  • Notes:

Medicinal Uses

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Antiinflammatory  Antitussive  Depurative  Haemostatic  Pectoral

The roots are anti-inflammatory, antitussive, depurative, haemostatic and pectoral[61, 147].They are used in the treatment of coughs, pulmonary affections and malaria[240]. The root juice is used internally in Nepal to treat indigestion and externally to treat boils[272].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Cultivation details

Succeeds in most good garden soils[1], preferring one that is well-drained and moisture retentive[200]. Tolerates poorer soils[233]. Prefers a sunny position[200] but also succeeds in part shade[233]. Plants are hardy to about -25°c[187]. A very ornamental plant[1], there are some named varieties[233]. A polymorphic species[50], it hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[200]. Most species in this genus seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233].

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Propagation

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]. The seed usually germinates in 2 weeks at 20°c[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].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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