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

Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome'

New England aster

(syn. Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

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 Inches


1-2 Feet


12-18 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

New England aster Interesting Notes

Purple Dome New England aster is a refined plant for the garden border with its symmetrical, compact mounded form reaching only 2’ tall. In early autumn, it is covered with dense clusters of purple, daisy-like, semi-double flowers. While this aster can have late season foliar problems, its dense floral displays and short stature make up for this shortcoming. Purple Dome New England aster grows in sun to filtered shade and performs best in moist, well-drained soil, though it is tolerant of short dry periods. It combines well with Solidago caesia, Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks', Rudbeckia fulgida, and Coreopsis grandiflora. - Mt. Cuba Center

If you have never seen a mass of Aster 'Purple Dome' in full flower, then you haven't yet lived...horticulturally speaking! From Dr. Dick Lighty, former Director of the Mt. Cuba Center, Delaware, comes this wonderful selection of our drought-tolerant native New England aster. The 18" stems of fuzzy, narrow, green leaves are topped in early fall with vivid, 1.5" wide, shocking purple thick you can't see the foliage. Aster 'Purple Dome' will eventually spread to 3'. Planted en masse, the effect is indescribable! - Plant Delights

A compact, floriferous variety that provides a burst of color in the late season landscape. Excellent mildew resistance.

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 'Alma Pötschke'
decorative garden mum Dendranthema x grandiflorum 'Hillside Pink Sheffield'
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
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Landscape Plug™
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Green Infrastructure
Bioretention/Rain Garden
Native to North America
Propagation Type