Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: acid, rich, average
Bloom Time: August, September, October
Bloom Color: purple, pink, lilac
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, colonizing, cottage garden plant, cut flowers, naturalizing
Pricing & Availability
Symphyotrichum novae-angliaeAlso known as:
New England aster,
New England American aster
Aster novae-angliae, Lasallea novae-angliae, Virgulus novae-angliae
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae is one of the tallest native asters, reaching a height of 6' or more. Hairy leaves are densely arranged on robust upright, divided stems. Purplish flowers with yellow centers bloom in profusion at the ends of the branches.
New England aster will easily grow in average, moist soil, provided it gets plenty of sun. Mature plants should be divided every few years to insure adequate air circulation, and to reduce the chances of developing foliage disease. Stem tips may be pinched until July, to encourage branching and to produce a fuller, more compact appearance, as well as a greater profusion of flowers. This species will naturalize readily, even aggressively. Should this become a concern, spent flowers should be removed before going to seed. A late summer bloomer from August to September. Zones 4-8
Easily propagated from seed in fall, or by division in spring.
An Ideal plant for cottage gardens and butterfly gardens. Symphyotrichum is a genus of about 90 species that were formerly classified under the Aster genus. The majority of these species are native to North America.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY
|Species||Symphyotrichum novae-angliae||New England aster|