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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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Height

4-6 Feet

Spread

2-3 Feet

Spacing

12-18 Inches

Bloom Color

Pink

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

New England aster Interesting Notes

Aster novae-angliae, now Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, is a native that grows 3-6’ tall with 4-5” leaves are very hairy. It is a large, showy aster covered in 1 1/2” blooms with golden centers in colors that range from blue-purple to lavender-pink. The New England aster is a must-have autumn nectar source for pollinators, including Monarchs as they stock up for their travels to Mexico.

Originally occurring in moist prairies, meadows, thickets, low valleys and stream banks throughout the eastern United States, New England aster grows in full sun in average to moist soil. It can tolerate a variety of conditions and soil types. 

Aster species are a staple in plantings with the intention of erosion control and pollinator habitat. They are populated in our meadows, bioswales, and constructed wetlands, bringing late season color and pollinator nectar sources in our natural areas.

Aster novae-angliae Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow in full sun in average to moist soil.

Good Substitutions

New England Aster Aster novae-angliae 'Grape Crush'
New England Aster Aster novae angliae 'Pink Crush'
New England aster Aster novae-angliae 'Alma Pötschke'
New England aster Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Moist
Moist
Pollinator-friendly
Pollinator-friendly
Songbird-friendly
Songbird-friendly
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Salt Tolerance
Salt Tolerance
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Average
Green Infrastructure
Bioretention/Rain Garden
Meadow/Prairie
Wetland Indicator Status
Falcutative Wetland (FACW)
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Attributes
Native to North America
Clay Tolerance
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Fall
Propagation Type
Open pollinated