aster novae-angliae (new england aster) native

  • AKA symphyotrichum novae-angliae
  • large, rose-purple flowers, consisting of numerous rays around a yellow centre
  • upright habit with narrow, hairy, green leaves, up to 10 cm long
  • bloom time: august to october
  • zone 3
  • height 100-125cm
  • spread 50-60cm
  • colour purple (deep)
  • grows best in full sun and an average to moist soil
  • needs good air circulation to limit mildew issues and prevent the bottom foliage from dropping
  • pinch back 1/3 of the foliage twice before early summer, to maintain shape and foliage vigour
  • may require staking
  • excellent for naturalizing open areas along railroads, roadsides and waste area
  • full sun partial sun/shade
  • attracts butterflies
  • salt tolerant
  • native to ontario
  • (image courtesy of NVK nurseries, NVK holdings inc.)