Dwarf Bolton's Aster or White Doll's Eye Daisy or False Aster or False Chamomile or Thousand Flowers (bol-TO-nee-uh) Asteraceae:
Typically plants grow 2 to 3 feet tall with many rose tinted flowers with small yellow centers. Plants produce large numbers of flowers on branched stems in late summer and fall. These long lived perennials are covered aster-like flowers, forming slowly spreading clumps growing a few feet wide. They have thin leaves that are a gray green color. This selection is an easily grown garden subject that does well in most types of soils, with medium fertility that are well-draining. Tolerates a wide range of soils including moderately dry ones. Grow in full sun for the most upright plants, under shadier conditions plants can flop. Forms a slowly spreading clump by way of creeping rhizomes, and plants are best when divided-up every three years.
Surface sow seeds and use 65-74F, with germination one to three weeks. If no germination in 3 to 4 weeks, move to 30-39F for 4 weeks, then back to 68F.