- Common Name(s):
- New York aster, Sapphire aster
- Herbs, Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
Previously known as Aster novi-belgii.
New York Aster is a herbaceous perennial in the Asteraceae family that may grow 3 to 5 feet high. Its low growing habit and fall bloom works well as an edge plant in the front of borders, or in rock garden or butterfly gardens. It works well with or as substitute for chrysanthemums.
Regions: Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Seasons of Interest:
Blooms: Late Summer to Early Fall; Fruit/Seed/Nut: Late Fall to 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.) asteris, Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) asteroides, Andrena (Cnemidandrena) hirticincta, Andrena (Cnemidandrena) nubecula, Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) placata, Andrena (Callandrena s.l.) simplex, and Colletes simulans.
Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious insect or disease problems but has some susceptibility to powdery mildew.
- 3 - 5 ft.
- 1-2 ft
- Flower Color:
- Purple, pink
- The leaves are alternate with a smooth margin. The stem is only slightly downy.
- Light purple to pink flowers with a yellow-orange center mature in late summer to early fall. This wildflower produces a dry seed (achene) that matures in late fall.
- Low bushy
- Full sun to light shade
NCCES plant id: 3169