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New England Aster

Symphyotrichumr novae-angliae


Plant Type


Hardiness Zone

3 - 8

Flower Color


Bloom Period

July through October

Height at Maturity

3 to 5 feet

Width at Maturity

Strong clump

Sun Requirements

Full sun or dappled shade

Soil Type

Fertile, moist, well drained

About this species:

This plant is part of the daisy family known as cpmpositae.  It is a noninvasive perennial and comes in dozens of varieties, colors and sizes.  It is very hardy and long blooming.  The native aster has a flower head sized about 1 1/2 inches.  New England asters, known for growing in New England, have a vibrant rosey purple blossom.  Some asters may need staking due to wind and height.  It is recommended to remove faded flowers to prevent self sowing.  New England aster will bloom until the first frost.  They can be grown from seed or root division, even cuttings.  Divide this plant every second or third year.

In the wildflower garden it is usually free of pests and disease with occasional mildew on leaves.  The fresh cut asters are used in bouquets or arrangements as a filler.

The aster is very beneficial.  The birds and bees use its seeds and nectar.  Rabbits love its foliage!  The aster flower petals are edible and can be used fresh in salads.  Later the petals and leaves can be dried and used in salads and as a tea.  Its leaves can be slightly cooked and served like spinach.


Key to Label Symbols:

Hollow stems, leaves and roots are sources of shelter for wildlife. Insects may make a winter home under dropped leaves. Other animals may make shelters within the roots of the plant.
Food Source
Birds and other wildlife use the seeds, berries and leaves for their food source. Leaves may be used to help build nests for birds
Nectar Source
Bees, butterflies, birds and some insects use nectar for their food. Pollen is also used by some wildlife.
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