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Symphyotrichum novi-belgii

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, average, loam, sand

Height: 1'-3'

Bloom Time: July, August, September, October

Bloom Color: violet, purple, blue

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts butterflies, clumping, cottage garden plant, cut flowers, naturalizing

Flower of Symphyotrichum novi-belgii (New York aster)
  • Flower of Symphyotrichum novi-belgii (New York aster)
  • Flower of Symphyotrichum novi-belgii (New York aster)
  • Flower of Symphyotrichum novi-belgii (New York aster)
  • Flower of Symphyotrichum novi-belgii (New York aster)

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Description

Symphyotrichum novi-belgii

Also known as:

New York aster

,

long-leaved aster

,

michaelmas daisy

Scientific Synonyms:

Aster novi-belgii

Description

Symphyotrichum novi-belgii is a branching, multi-stemmed plant that grows up to 3' tall. It has narrow, green, oblong or lance-shaped leaves. It is a prolific bloomer. Flowers are about 1 1/2" across, and may appear in light to deep shades of blue, purple or violet. Numerous thin petals surround a daisy-like, yellowish eye.

Cultivation

Native to meadows and damp thickets, New York aster is easy to grow in a variety of soils. It is adapted to wet soils and occasional inundation, yet will also do well in dryer garden conditions. Full sun is best. It will bloom abundantly from mid-summer until colder weather sets in; July through October. Zones 3-7

Propagation

Propagate from seed, or by clump division in early spring. Propagate from cuttings in early summer.

Additional Notes

Symphyotrichum novi-belgii will provide an impressive floral display from mid summer to mid fall. Great for use in a cottage garden; it will supply you with cut flowers for several months. 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:
CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, SC, VA, VT, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Threatened: PA

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 novi-belgii New York aster