Ampelaster carolinianus

Carolina Climbing Aster

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Item #: 823

Zones: 7a to 9b, possibly colder

Dormancy: Winter

Height: 120" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

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(aka: Ampelaster carolinianus) What will they think of next...a native (NC south to Florida) woody aster that climbs! We figure the North American (NC south to Florida) native Aster carolinianus watched too many old kudzu movies. Yes, it grows, it climbs, it mingles, it closely resembles a clematis in habit with fragrant lavender-pink flowers from late September into November (NC). Give Aster carolinianus a trellis, deer fence (which it really loves) or let it socialize in the's actually well-behaved!


Ampelaster (Aster) carolinianus is truly a maintenance-free perennial. Since it has a woody trunk, it never dies to the ground. If there was a reason, climbing aster could in fact be cut to the ground.

Growing Conditions:

Ampelaster (Aster) carolinianus thrives in a wide range of conditions, but seems to be best in full sun for 6+ hours, and in a well drained soil.Climbing aster is amazingly drought tolerant, but also thrives under irrigated garden conditions. Although Ampelaster (Aster) carolinianus can grow in part shade, flowering is reduced, and the chance of foliar diseases increases.

Natural Impact:

Ampelaster (Aster) carolinianus is pollinated by native bees and butterflies, while the seed are enjoyed by an array of song birds.


Climbing aster was known for years as Aster carolinianus, but DNA testing showed it, and other North American asters to be distant cousins instead of brothers and sisters. Consequently, in 1995, climbing aster was moved into a new genus, ampelaster, where it lives alone as the only member of the genus.