New England Aster
Botanical Name: Symphyotrichum novae-angliae
En Français: 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.
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.
Spread: 2 to 3 feet
Best Soil: Clay , Sand and loam soil