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Aster novae-angliae (New England aster)
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Aster novae-angliae

New England aster

(syn. Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

Tall and majestic, New England Aster rules the prairie in autumn. The deep blue to purple, and sometimes pink flowers are highlights of the late season wildflower garden. Blooms late into the fall, well after the first frosts. This is a critical late season nectar source for butterflies, especially for Monarchs, as they stock up for their long migration to Mexico.- Prarie Nursery

Aster novae-angliae LP50 - 50 per flat $54.00
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2-5 Feet


2-3 Feet


12 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

New England aster Interesting Notes

This common wild flower is one of the largest and prettiest in the genus, but seldom seen, having been superseded by improved cultivars. The entire, 4-5" long leaves are numerous and very hairy. This species and a few others similar
to it may be separated from many others by looking at the base of the leaves. The two basal lobes of the leaves clasp the stem, poking out on either side. The flowers are 1 ½'-2" across and consist of 40-50 ray flowers surrounding a yellow center. The flowers are excellent for cutting and last longer in water than those of A. novi-belgii, New York aster. My colleague, Chris Hussey, found out the hard way that harvesting the hairy stems of New England asters can cause a serious skin rash on the hands and arms. Chris recommends gloves and a long-sleeved shirt when tackling these fellows. Allan Armitage


One of the tallest and most magnificent of the asters. Bright blue to purple flowers with orange centers cover the upper half of the plant, and serve as an important late season nectar source for a variety of butterflies. Very fast growing, reaching three to six feet. Requires fertile soil with adequate moisture. Prairie Nursery

Aster novae-angliae Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow in full sun in average to moist soil.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Propagation Type
Open pollinated
Erosion Control
Moist Sun
Dry Shade
Moist Shade
Mass Planting
Native to US