Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

Common name: New England Aster

Native plant

 New England Aster produces dense clusters of deep purple, daisy-like flowers at the terminal end of the plant.  Each individual flower is up to 1.5 inches across.  As with all asters, it blooms late summer to early fall, lasts about 2 months, and attracts a wide range of bees, butterflies and other pollinators looking for their last bit of nectar and pollen for the season.  This plant spreads by seed and by rhizomes, often forming colonies.  Colonies can become quite large under the right conditions.  This plant should be placed in the back of garden landscapes since lower leaves will often turn brown and drop off during hot summer months.

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Plant Details

Plant type

Forb

Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not to Wet Not to Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Fall

Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Harsh Exposure Tolerant, New Construction

Habitat

Prairie Grasslands, Savannas

Growth form

Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate

Fast

Flower color

Purple

Fall color

Russet Orange

Size

Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
2 Feet
Max height
5 Feet
Max width
5 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Pollinator hot spot

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