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Photo courtesy of Janet Allen,

New England aster

Scientific name
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae
Also Known As
Aster novae-angliae
Plant Family
Plant Group
These fall asters can be found in forest edge and meadow habitats. They have large purple flowers and resemble other asters in many other ways.
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Blooming between August and October, these asters attract multiple pollinators including bees and butterflies, including Monarchs. The perennial’s hairy, clasping leaves are arranged densely on its 4-6 foot stems. Rose-purple flowers with orange-yellow centers bloom in profusion at the tips of the leafy branches.

Did You Know?

Because New England Aster has such beautiful flowers, many cultivars of it have been developed; at least 50 are commercially available. The flower stalks and heads of New England Aster are covered with gland-tipped hairs.

Nativar Research Project: Contribute your pollinator observations of this native plant and four of its cultivars.  Are pollinators as attracted to the nativars as they are to the original native plant?  Read more at the Nativar Research Project page.

Vibrant Dome has pink flowers, yellow centers, and a mounding habit.  Harrington's Pink is pinkish lavender with a yellow center.   Purple Dome is deep purple and has a mounding habit.  Andenken an Alma Pötschke has bright pink flowers with yellow centers  Bright Pink aster  Mrs. S. T. Wright is lavender with yellow centers.