Fanny Aster. Almost every plant has a fascinating story behind it, and Fanny Aster is no exception. Ruth Knopf, the head gardener and plants lady extraordinaire, at Boone Hall Plantation near Charleston, SC, whose maid Fanny gave her this selection, which was a hand-me-down plant from her grandmother. This demonstrates the great eye for the superior from so many plant lovers. Always keep your eyes peeled on the landscape. It's amazing what one might find! This native selection is one of the latest cultivars to flower in the landscape in the fall, here in October and November. It can make a clump 2' tall by up to 8' across. The clump will be carpeted over with vivid blue flowers single daisy-like flowers with a yellow center. Give it sun with good drainage and you will be richly rewarded.