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

New York aster or Michaelmas daisy

(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

There are literally hundreds of cultivars of this wonderful roadside weed. The specific epithet, novi-belgii, arose when the state of New York was once known as New Belgium. The smooth or nearly glabrous leaves differentiate them from New England asters. The leaves clasp the stem similar to New England asters, but flowers normally have only 15-25 ray flowers. The flowers are not as good for cutting as the New England asters but provide excellent color in the late summer and fall garden. They are called Michaelmas daisies because they bloom around September 29, St. Michael's Day, in the British Isles. - Allan Armitage

Aster novi-belgii Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow in full sun in average to moist soil. Cut back early for compact habit.


Key Characteristics & Attributes

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

Additional Information

Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Native to North America
Propagation Type
Open pollinated