I got this in 1997 for about twice what Russell Stafford is selling it for this year. I hope that means stocks worldwide are increasing, because everyone should have some of these beauties around. Two words in the Odyssey Bulb catalog description don’t apply to mine: “pink-tinged” and “October.” I have never seen even a hint of pink in mine, and it’s obviously blooming in September for me. I originally had a ‘Purple Mound’ aster blooming here as well, but that has disappeared. When it was there, I remember being frustrated at how infrequently the two bloomed together, so maybe it has bloomed in October for me in other years. Certainly the other asters are blooming right now.
Hard to believe it is the double form of the flower pictured here. It seems not only double, but bigger in every dimension. It had increased sufficiently that I dug it up in 2003 and redistributed it in the same location. On rainy days I can see this gleaming against a background of dark purple ajuga from the kitchen door. Too bad that aster died.