New England Aster

New England Aster

Botanical Name: Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

En Fran├žais: Aster de la Nouvelle-Angleterre


Large rose-purple flowers, with very numerous rays which tend to bloom in profusion. Clasping leaves. Rough stem. Leaves smell a bit spicy when crushed.

Provides color and contrast to the fall perennial border front. Mass or plant in groups. Also effective naturalized in drifts in meadows or in native or wildflower gardens.

The flower color is variable, ranging from lavender to blue to white.

Other Characteristics

Pollinators: Bees, Butterflies

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Planting and Care Considerations

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Prefers moist, rich soils. Pinching back stems several times before mid-July will help control plant height, promote bushiness and perhaps obviate the need for staking. Pinching back will also delay flowering.

Aster novae-angliae sometimes has issues with powdery mildew. To prevent the disease give plants good growing conditions and space for air circulation.

Asclepias incarnata, Rudbeckia subtomentosa

Spread: 2 to 3 feet

Water: medium

Best Soil: Clay , Sand and loam soil

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