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Aster lateriflorus var. horizontalis, mid October. "A dark, small-leaved, small-flowered Michaelmas daisy, which by mid-October produces thousands of tiny, off-white, pink-flushed flowers each with a rosy mauve centre. These sprays billow out from horizontally branching stems, arching this way and that, creating as Christo described it a 'seething mass' of pink foam. Plants are erect, dense and twiggy, requiring no staking, keeping their shape well into the winter when the intricate brown skeletons and delicate seedheads are dusted white with frost. By mid March plants are cut down to the ground to make way for new growth." [Fergus Garrett, Great Dixter, Nurseryman's Favourites, Gardens Illustrated magazine, October 2013]