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

New England aster

(syn. Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

Blooms ranging from blue-purple to lavender-pink pop in the late summer and fall landscape. A large, showy native aster that is a must-have autumn nectar source for pollinators.

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4-6 Feet


2-3 Feet


12-18 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

New England aster Interesting Notes

This common wildflower is one of the largest and prettiest in the genus, but seldom seen, having been superseded by improved cultivars.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 1½'-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

New England Aster's rich color highlights the late season landscape with magnificent blooms ranging in color from blue-purple to lavender-pink, with yellow-orange centers. Large and showy this aster can grow up to six feet high. Like most asters it blooms late in the season and provides a critical fall nectar source for pollinators, especially Monarchs as they stock up for their fall migration to Mexico. - Prairie Nursery

Aster novae-angliae Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow in full sun in average to moist soil.

Good Substitutions

New England aster Aster novae-angliae 'Alma Pötschke'
New England aster Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome'
New England aster Aster novae-angliae 'Vibrant Dome'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Salt Tolerance
Salt Tolerance
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Green Infrastructure
Bioretention/Rain Garden
Native to North America
Propagation Type
Open pollinated