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Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, rich, average

Height: 3'-6'

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

Flower of Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster)
  • Flower of Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster)
  • Flower of Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster)
  • Flower of Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster)
  • Flower of Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster)

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Description

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

Also known as:

New England aster

,

New England American aster

Scientific Synonyms:

Aster novae-angliae, Lasallea novae-angliae, Virgulus novae-angliae

Description

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.

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Easily propagated from seed in fall, or by division in spring.

Additional Notes

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

Native Range:
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

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Asterales
Family Asteraceae Aster family
Genus Symphyotrichum aster
Species Symphyotrichum novae-angliae New England aster