KICKIN® Aster Lilac Blue

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Not your Grandma's Aster! Get show-off color on a well-behaved, compact plant, with the improved KICKIN® Aster Lilac Blue (Aster KICKIN® 'Lilac Blue') will kick your fall garden scene into high gear! This is an improved version of the beloved native garden staples for the fall garden! Why plant Asters? Well, gardeners who plan for the cooler autumn season know why! Perfect last season color and very easy care, Asters are almost plant-it-and-forget-it plants!

Wow! That's what you'll say when you see the explosion of lilac-blue flowers on this mounded, neat and tidy perennial! This is an improved KICKIN® variety and it stays small enough to edge your butterfly garden bed without any staking, fuss or mus! Asters are also an important food resource for hungry bees and butterflies at the end of the season. Monarchs start their epic migration in the fall, and they are always on the hunt for new food sources.

Because the Aster is a cultivar of the hardy native plant, butterflies are perfectly suited to take full advantage of the nectar available from late summer all the way through the fall season! Versatile and hardy throughout USDA zones 5 through 9, the improved KICKIN® line of plants includes the vibrant Carmine Red form too!

Planting and Application:

Any garden with an Aster or two in it becomes a pollinator garden! So bring these flying flowers to your cottage border along with improved color, or inject some spice into your cutting garden! No container or planter on your porch or patio should be without these vibrant and easy-to-care-for plants! Pair this fall-blooming Aster with other late-season blooms for an incredible fall display! Toss in some Rudbeckia and Coneflowers too, and of course - Other Asters!

The tidy mounds of green and lance-shaped leaves become the perfect foil for other plants throughout the growing season. Then in fall - the blooms that smother these plants leave everything else in the dust! Abundant KICKIN® blooms in soothing lilac-blue stand out in the fall landscape against the red, orange and yellows. Forming just as other plants begin to wind down for the year! You'll want to plant these luscious Asters in groups of 3, 5, or 7. They are most effective when massed into natural drifts at the edge of the bed.

  • Soothing Lilac-Blue Blooms
  • Blooms Late Summer Through Fall
  • Compact Improved Variety
  • Major Butterfly & Bee Nectar Resource
  • Beds & Borders, Gardens, Containers & En Masse!

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Super easy care when grown in moderate to moist soil, these herbaceous perennials prefer well-drained conditions and full sun. Asters don’t like to dry out in the summer heat. Pinching back the stem tips in late spring and early summer will produce denser growth and heavier blooming. This plant may be divided every few years in the spring.

  • Full Sun Loving
  • Adaptable Cold & Heat Hardy
  • Moderate Moisture & Well-Drained Soils
  • Pinch Back in Late Spring/Early Summer
  • Deer Seldom Bother Them

Hurry and order these incredible fall blooms because we will sell out of these fast! Order your own lilac-blue fall butterfly plants today with the fantastic new KICKIN® Aster Lilac Blue perennial from today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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KICKIN® Aster Lilac Blue Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Aster KICKIN 'Lilac Blue'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring