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Goldilocks Aster

Aster linosyris

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Also in this family:
Alpine Blue Sow-thistle, Alpine Cotula, Alpine Fleabane, Alpine Saw-wort, Annual Ragweed, Annual Sunflower, Argentine Fleabane, Autumn Hawkbit, Autumn Oxeye, Beaked Hawksbeard, Beggarticks, Bilbao Fleabane, Black Knapweed, Black-eyed Susan, Blanketflower, Blue Fleabane, Blue Globe-thistle, Bristly Oxtongue, Broad-leaved Cudweed, Broad-leaved Ragwort, Brown Knapweed, Butterbur, Buttonweed, Cabbage Thistle, Canadian Fleabane, Canadian Goldenrod, Carline Thistle, Chalk Knapweed, Chamois Ragwort, Changing Michaelmas Daisy, Chicory, Chinese Mugwort, Chinese Ragwort, Coltsfoot, Common Blue Sow-thistle, Common Cat's-ear, Common Cudweed, Common Daisy, Common Dandelion, Common Fleabane, Common Goldenrod, Common Groundsel, Common Michaelmas Daisy, Common Mugwort, Common Ragwort, Common Wormwood, Coneflower, Confused Michaelmas Daisy, Corn Chamomile, Corn Marigold, Cornflower, Cotton Thistle, Cottonweed, Creeping Thistle, Daisy Bush, Dwarf Cudweed, Dwarf Thistle, Early Goldenrod, Eastern Groundsel, Eastern Leopardsbane, Elecampane, English Hawkweed, Fen Ragwort, Feverfew, Field Fleawort, Field Wormwood, Fox and Cubs, French Tarragon, Gallant Soldier, Garden Lettuce, Giant Butterbur, Glabrous-headed Hawkweed, Glandular Globe-thistle, Glaucous Michaelmas Daisy, Globe Artichoke, Globe-thistle, Goat's Beard, Golden Ragwort, Golden Samphire, Grass-leaved Goldenrod, Great Lettuce, Greater Burdock, Greater Knapweed, Grey-headed Hawkweed, Guernsey Fleabane, Hairless Blue Sow-thistle, Hairless Leptinella, Hairy Michaelmas Daisy, Harpur Crewe's Leopardsbane, Hawkweed Oxtongue, Heath Cudweed, Heath Groundsel, Hemp Agrimony, Highland Cudweed, Hoary Mugwort, Hoary Ragwort, Hybrid Knapweed, Intermediate Burdock, Irish Fleabane, Jersey Cudweed, Jerusalem Artichoke, Lance-leaved Hawkweed, Lavender-cotton, Leafless Hawksbeard, Least Lettuce, Leopardplant, Leopardsbane, Leptinella, Lesser Burdock, Lesser Hawkbit, Lesser Sunflower, London Bur-marigold, Magellan Ragwort, Marsh Cudweed, Marsh Hawksbeard, Marsh Ragwort, Marsh Sow-thistle, Marsh Thistle, Meadow Thistle, Melancholy Thistle, Mexican Fleabane, Milk Thistle, Mountain Everlasting, Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Musk Thistle, Narrow-leaved Cudweed, Narrow-leaved Hawkweed, Narrow-leaved Michaelmas Daisy, Narrow-leaved Ragwort, New England Hawkweed, New Zealand Holly, Nipplewort, Nodding Bur-marigold, Northern Hawksbeard, Norwegian Mugwort, Oxeye Daisy, Oxford Ragwort, Pearly Everlasting, Perennial Cornflower, Perennial Ragweed, Perennial Sow-thistle, Perennial Sunflower, Pineapple Mayweed, Plantain-leaved Leopardsbane, Ploughman's Spikenard, Plymouth Thistle, Pontic Blue Sow-thistle, Pot Marigold, Prickly Lettuce, Prickly Sow-thistle, Purple Coltsfoot, Rayed Tansy, Red Star Thistle, Red-seeded Dandelion, Red-tipped Cudweed, Robin's Plantain, Roman Chamomile, Rough Cocklebur, Rough Hawkbit, Rough Hawksbeard, Russian Lettuce, Safflower, Salsify, Saw-wort, Scented Mayweed, Scentless Mayweed, Sea Aster, Sea Mayweed, Sea Wormwood, Seaside Daisy, Shaggy Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Shaggy Soldier, Shasta Daisy, Shetland Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Shrub Ragwort, Sicilian Chamomile, Silver Ragwort, Slender Mugwort, Slender Thistle, Small Cudweed, Small Fleabane, Smooth Cat's-ear, Smooth Hawksbeard, Smooth Sow-thistle, Sneezeweed, Sneezewort, Spear Thistle, Spotted Cat's-ear, Spotted Hawkweed, Sticky Groundsel, Stinking Chamomile, Stinking Hawksbeard, Tall Fleabane, Tall Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Tansy, Thin-leaved Sunflower, Trifid Bur-marigold, Tuberous Thistle, Tyneside Leopardplant, Viper's Grass, Wall Lettuce, Welsh Groundsel, Welted Thistle, White Butterbur, White Buttons, Willdenow's Leopardsbane, Winter Heliotrope, Wood Burdock, Wood Ragwort, Woody Fleabane, Woolly Thistle, Yarrow, Yellow Chamomile, Yellow Fox and Cubs, Yellow Oxeye, Yellow Star Thistle, Yellow Thistle, York Groundsel
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
50 centimetres tall
Cliffs, grassland, heathland, rocky places, sea cliffs, seaside.

Yellow, many petals
Loose, erect clusters of bright golden yellow flowers. They measure no larger than 1.8cm across. The yellow stigmas are prominent. Very late flowering.
The fruit is an achene. An achene is a type of dry, one-seeded fruit.
Numerous, linear, lance-shaped leaves. Unlike the similar looking Golden Samphire (Inula crithmoides), the leaves are not fleshy.
Other Names:
Goldilocks, Goldylocks.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

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Other Information


Aster linosyris, also known as golden aster or golden wirestem, is a perennial plant that is native to Europe and Asia. It belongs to the aster family and is known for its small, yellow flowers and narrow, grass-like leaves. Aster linosyris is a low-growing plant that is often used as a groundcover in gardens. It is easy to grow and is tolerant of a wide range of soil types and climates. Aster linosyris prefers full sun and is drought-tolerant once established. The plant is generally hardy and low maintenance, but it can be prone to pests such as aphids and slugs. Aster linosyris is also known for its medicinal properties and has been used traditionally to treat a variety of ailments. However, more research is needed to fully understand its effects and to determine the safety and effectiveness of using it medicinally.


Goldilocks Aster, also known as Aster linosyris, is a beautiful and unique perennial flower that is native to the mountains of Europe. Its scientific name, Aster linosyris, comes from the Greek words "linos" meaning flax and "syris" meaning like, referring to the flax-like leaves of the plant.

The Goldilocks Aster gets its common name from its golden-yellow flowers, which bloom in late summer and early fall. These flowers are small, but they are arranged in large, showy clusters that are sure to catch the eye of any gardener or passerby. The plant itself grows to be about 2-3 feet tall and wide, making it a great choice for borders or as a focal point in a garden bed.

One of the best things about the Goldilocks Aster is its hardiness and adaptability. It is able to thrive in a wide range of soil types and conditions, and it is also able to tolerate drought and heat quite well. This makes it a great option for gardeners who live in areas that experience hot summers or dry spells. Additionally, it is not typically affected by pests or diseases, making it a low-maintenance choice for any gardener.

When it comes to planting and care, the Goldilocks Aster is quite easy to grow. It should be planted in full sun and well-drained soil, and it should be spaced about 18 inches apart. It is also important to provide the plant with consistent moisture, especially during the first growing season. Once established, the Goldilocks Aster is drought-tolerant and requires minimal maintenance.

One thing to keep in mind is that Goldilocks Aster tends to be a short lived perennial, so it may need to be replaced every 3-4 years. If you want to extend its life, you can divide the clumps every 2-3 years to refresh the plant.

Overall, the Goldilocks Aster is a beautiful and versatile perennial that is sure to add a touch of golden beauty to any garden. Its hardiness, adaptability, and low-maintenance nature make it a great choice for any gardener, whether you are an experienced pro or a beginner just getting started.

In addition to its beauty and hardiness, the Goldilocks Aster is also a valuable plant for wildlife. The flowers are a great source of nectar for bees and butterflies, making it a great choice for a pollinator garden. The plant's seed heads are also a source of food for birds in the fall and winter.

Design wise, the Goldilocks Aster is a great option for adding height and structure to a garden bed. Its tall, upright habit and large clusters of flowers make it a great choice for the back of a border, or as a focal point in a garden. It pairs well with other late-season bloomers like asters, goldenrod, and grasses.

Propagation of Goldilocks Aster is quite easy. The plant can be propagated by seed, but it is more commonly propagated by dividing the clumps every 2-3 years. This will not only increase the number of plants in the garden but also help to rejuvenate the existing plants.

In summary, Goldilocks Aster is a unique and beautiful perennial that is easy to grow, hardy and adaptable. It is a great option for adding golden color and height to a garden, and it is also beneficial for wildlife. It is an excellent choice for pollinator gardens and for gardeners who want to attract bees and butterflies to their backyard. It is a great option for gardeners of all experience levels who are looking for a low-maintenance, but beautiful addition to their garden.

Another great feature of the Goldilocks Aster is its versatility in terms of uses. It can be used as a cut flower, adding a pop of yellow color to vases and bouquets, and also it can be dried to use in dried flower arrangements. It is also a great option for meadow gardens, wildflower gardens, and naturalized areas. The Goldilocks Aster can be combined with other wildflowers to create a natural-looking, low-maintenance garden that can attract a variety of wildlife.

In terms of companion plants, Goldilocks Aster pairs well with a variety of other perennials and grasses. Some great options to pair it with include other asters, such as New England Aster and Purple-stemmed Aster, goldenrod, black-eyed Susan, and ornamental grasses like switchgrass and little bluestem. These plants will bloom at different times throughout the season, providing a long-lasting display of color in the garden.

In terms of maintenance, Goldilocks Aster is a low-maintenance plant that requires very little care once established. It can be left to grow without staking or deadheading, and it is not affected by pests or diseases.

In conclusion, Goldilocks Aster, also known as Aster linosyris, is a beautiful and unique perennial that is easy to grow and adaptable to a wide range of soil and weather conditions. It is a great option for adding height, color and structure to a garden, and it is also beneficial for wildlife. It is versatile in terms of uses, it can be used as a cut flower, dried flower, or in naturalized areas. It is a great option for gardeners of all experience levels looking for a low-maintenance but beautiful addition to their garden.

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