Close up of purple and pale purple aster novae angliae flowers.
Group of purple flowering New England Asters.
Close up of aster novae angliae.

Symphyotrichum (Aster) novae-angliae (New England Aster) Unity Grown

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Aster novae-angliae (syn. Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) is a tall, upright, native perennial wildflower with small, purple flowers. Also called New England aster, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae is a late season bloomer, and provides color to the garden and food for pollinators from late summer well into October. Growing from three to six feet tall, New England aster can be pinched back through the early summer to maintain a lower profile.

Capable of self-seeding as well as occasionally aggressive rhizomatic growth, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae can be cut back to the base in the fall and separated every few years to maintain healthy growth and reduce the plant's tendency to become weedy. New England aster prefers moist but not wet, full sun locations, and works great as a feature of pollinator gardens and border plantings, as well as naturalizing in open meadow conditions. Thick rhizomatic roots means that Symphyotrichum novae-angliae can also be used in rain gardens and erosion control, provided that the ground is not wet for too much of the year.

Native to Maryland, Native to U.S., and Straight Species
Mature Plant Height: Tall: 49-72"
Sun (6+ hours) and Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Well-drained and Medium
Soil Type: Average
Bloom Time: Summer and Fall
Flower Color: Purple
Foliage color: Green
Features: Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths, and Erosion Control
Tolerances: Deer Tolerant, Rabbit Tolerant, Clay Soil Tolerant, and Black Walnut Tolerant
Garden Type: Pollinator Garden, Meadow, Small Space, and Rain Garden

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