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Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

Common Name(s):
New England aster
Cultivar(s):
'Purple Dome'
Categories:
Herbs, Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
Comment:

An herbaceous perennial in the Asteraceae family native to eastern North America. Showy deep pink purple flowers are attractive to wildlife including bees and butterflies and also make great cut flowers for arrangements. Tolerates clay soil and makes a great addition to a rain garden. Plants can be cut to the ground after flowering to promote strong new growth.  Good air cirulation will help prevent foliar diseases.

Formally known as Aster novae-angliae.

New England Aster is a herbaceous perennial that may grow 3 to 7 feet tall. The leaves are alternate, rough, and hairy. The leaves have a smooth margin. The stem is fuzzy. Large, purple flowers with a yellow center mature from August to October. The herb produces a dry seed (achene) that matures in the late fall.

Regions: Mountains

Seasons of Interest: 

     Blooms: Late Summer/Fall; Fruit/Seed/Nut: Late Fall/Winter

Wildlife Value: Moderate deer resistance. Host plant for the Pearl Crescent butterfly. Flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. Songbirds and small mammals eat the seeds. Members of the genus Symphyotrichum support the following specialized bees: Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) asterisAndrena (Callandrena s.l.) asteroidesAndrena (Cnemidandrena) hirticinctaAndrena (Cnemidandrena) nubeculaAndrena (Callandrena s.l.) placataAndrena (Callandrena s.l.) simplexand Colletes simulans.

Season:
Fall
Light:
Full sun, light shade
Height:
3-7 ft.
Space:
2-3 ft
Flower Color:
Purple
Flower:
Blooms August-October for great fall color.
Habit:
Upright
Site:
Average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Prefers moist, rich soils.
Propagation:
Seed, self seeds easily
Soil:
Average to rich, moist, well drained
Tags:
showy flowers, fall interest, bees, fall color, specialized bees, native bees, honeybees, cut flowers, butterflies, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 3170

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Purple Dome' A deep purple cultivar
Drew Avery, CC BY - 2.0
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae Bees love this aster.
Haeferl, CC-BY-SA-3.0
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae Symphyotrichum novae-angliae
Caumasee, CC BY-SA - 4.0
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae Symphyotrichum novae-angliae
Kerry Woods, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae Symphyotrichum novae-angliae bloom detail
Dan Mullem, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0