- Common Name(s):
- New England aster
- 'Purple Dome'
- Herbs, Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
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.
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.) 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.
- Full sun, light shade
- 3-7 ft.
- 2-3 ft
- Flower Color:
- Blooms August-October for great fall color.
- Average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Prefers moist, rich soils.
- Seed, self seeds easily
- Average to rich, moist, well drained
NCCES plant id: 3170