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Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome' (New England aster)

Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome'

New England aster

(syn. Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Purple Dome')

A naturally compact form with deep purple flowers in August and September. Eye-popping with Solidago 'Golden Fleece'. One of the most garden-worthy native selections out there. A fine introduction from the Mt. Cuba Center.

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18 in


1-2 Feet


12-18 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

New England aster Interesting Notes

This compact and floriferous aster cultivar, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Purple Dome’, is covered in deep purple blooms in late fall. From Dr. Dick Lighty, former Director of the Mt. Cuba Center, the habit of Purple Dome aster is symmetrically mounded and reaches only 2’ tall with a maximum spread of 3 feet. The foliage is fuzzy, narrow, and densely covering, providing a solid backdrop in your garden until the show begins in late fall. It is attention grabbing when planted enmasse!

Originally occurring in moist prairies, meadows, thickets, low valleys and stream banks throughout the eastern United States, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae grows in full sun in average to moist soil. New England aster can go through short dry periods and prefers good drainage.

Aster species are a staple in plantings with the intention of erosion control and pollinator habitat. For best practices in highly managed settings, cut back after flowering to prevent the spread of variable seedlings.

Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow in full sun in average to moist soil. Cut back after flowering to prevent the spread of variable seedlings.

Good Substitutions

New England Aster Aster novae-angliae 'Pink Crush'
New England Aster Aster novae-angliae 'Grape Crush'
New England aster Aster novae-angliae 'Vibrant Dome'
New England aster Aster novae-angliae

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Salt Tolerance
Salt Tolerance

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Green Infrastructure
Bioretention/Rain Garden
Wetland Indicator Status
Falcutative Wetland (FACW)
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Horticultural Plug
Clay Tolerance
Native to North America
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Propagation Type