The Free Plant for Spring 2019
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Rougham Purple’, is the free plant (for the first 800 visitors) at Helmingham Plant Fair May 2019.
Recent changes in taxonomy mean that Symphyotrichum is now accepted to be the correct name for this lovely plant that most people know as Aster. It was bred in Suffolk by Rougham Nursery by the current owner’s father some twenty or more years ago.
It currently has one supplier in the RHS Plantfinder, that being West Acre Gardens in Norfolk.
The plant qualifies for the Plant Guardian Scheme.
It is late summer flowering tall and a wonderful rich purple. The plant clumps up quickly and has several flowers heads on its tall strong stems. The colour is clear and rich. It needs an open site with reasonable fertile soil and drainage.
It is growing in the Suffolk Punch Garden at Hollesley, where there is National Plant Collection of plants bred or introduced by someone in Suffolk.