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Aster novi-belgii (New York aster)
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Aster novi-belgii

New York aster

(syn. Symphyotrichum novi-belgii)

Local Mid-Atlantic native of moist to wet meadows. Flowers may vary in shades of pink, purple and white and bloom in early fall, which is late August and early September here in PA.

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3-5 Feet


3 Feet


12-18 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

New York aster Interesting Notes

Unlike other aster species, Aster novi-belgii, or New York aster, prefers a consistently moist, humus-rich site. This northeastern native aster can be found rambling along roadsides, ditches, or along wild areas. The flowers posses fewer rays with a lighter violet color than New England aster and has a smooth, almost glabrous leaf. It provides excellent late season color with occasional white flowers as well as purple with cheerful yellow centers.

Plant is endemic to New England area, growing in full sun in average to moist soils.

Aster species are an excellent choice for any plant designs considering erosion control or pollinator gardens. In addition to being a nectar resources, it is also forage for Lepidoptera larvae. Aster novi-belgii, now Symphyotrichum novi-belgii, can be found along the edge of our trial bioswales and hillside of the constructed wetlands, handling the moist conditions and controlling erosion.

Aster novi-belgii Growing and Maintenance Tips

Performs best in full sun and in well-drained soils of average fertility. Most selections will need frequent division. The compact types need division to retain vigor while the taller cultivars require division to control rapid spread. Pinching or cutting back in early summer for a compact habit. Can be propagated by seed or by division. Division is done in early spring by lifting the clumps and replanting the vigorous outside growth while composting the older center section. -Steven Still, Manual of Herbaceous Ornamental Plants

Key Characteristics & Attributes

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

Additional Information

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