New England aster
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.
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.