‘Bridal Veil’ differs from the three previously highlighted aster cultivars. Its dense stems transition from arching to pendulous during the growing season, resulting in a graceful weeping habit by the time it blooms. It can therefore be planted closer to the front of perennial beds and drapes over curbs with poise. The inflorescences of ‘Bridal Veil’ are white, petite (½-inch in diameter), and highly abundant, completely covering plants during peak bloom and providing a regal presence to garden borders. Its bloom period is the same as that of ‘Cotton Candy’, beginning in mid-September and ending in late October in USDA Zone 5.
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I‘Bridal Veil’ was the first aster cultivar developed by Jim Ault, Ph.D., resulting from a cross made in 2002 using heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides) as the seed parent. While intended to be an interspecific cross, ‘Bridal Veil’ shows no traits correlating to other putative parent species and is therefore likely a straight S. ericoides cultivar.
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