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New England Aster


Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

Native Wildflower
A common late summer - fall roadside attraction.

Hairy, clasping, alternate, lance-shaped leaves on stout purple sticky stem with blotches.

Asters have been welcomed into gardens and numerous hybrids have been cultivated. What all Aster flowers have in common is the yellow center. While the flowers have a Daisy like look they are members of the sunflower family.

New England Asters attract bees and butterflies and is a nectar source for Monarch butterflies.

Sow seeds in fall - provide 4 weeks cold moist stratification for germination to start indoors.


Soil Type - Sandy, well drained
Soil ph - Neutral
Water - Moist, tolerates some drought
Light - Full sun


Height Average - up to 4 ft.
Time of bloom - Aug - Sept
Flower colors - Lavender to purplish blue
Flower size - 1 - 2 inch
Propagation - Seed - Division
Transplants - Easy