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New England Aster

New England Aster

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

Aster novae-angliae


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.

  • Characteristics

    Type: Perennial

    Height: 2-6 Feet

    Blooms: August to October

    Bloom Colour: Purple

  • Growth Conditions

    Light: Full Sun to Part Sun

    Soil: Moist, Average to Clay Soil

    Habitat: Dry Open Woods, Thickets, and Prairies

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