New England Aster
One of the showiest of the Asters, tall stems are crowned in fall with rounded heads of 1-inch blooms in shades of violet to purple. Larval host plant for the uncommon Silvery Crescentspot, Pearl Crescent, Northern Crescent and Tawny Crescent butterflies. Forms a thick clump after a few years of growth. Tolerates clay. Attracts bees, butterflies and native pollinators. Indigenous peoples have used the roots for fever, catarrh and pain. Blends well with many Solidago species. Good for fall cuttings.
Height: 2-6 Feet
Blooms: August to October
Bloom Colour: Purple
Light: Full Sun to Part Sun
Soil: Moist, Average to Clay Soil
Habitat: Dry Open Woods, Thickets, and Prairies