H. A. These are the annual or China asters, the perennial types being the plants that gardeners call Michaelmas daisies. See ASTER for details of cultivation and up-to-date list of worth-while varieties.

The annual asters are mostly excellent for cutting and include many distinct types, some with single, others with double flowers. In some the petals are short and quilted, in others they are shaggy or reminiscent of chrysanthemums. Heights vary from 15 in. to 2 ½ ft. Seed catalogues should be consulted for the varieties but the amateur should not overlook the Lilliput type which bears small very double blooms on 15 in. plants. They last 3 weeks when cut.

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