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Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (L.) G.L. Nesom
New England aster, New England American-aster
Synonym(s): Aster novae-angliae, Lasallea novae-angliae, Virgulus novae-angliae
USDA Symbol: syno2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
New England American-aster is large and showy, growing to 6 or more ft. in height. The perennialís hairy, clasping leaves are arranged densely on its stout stems. Showy, bright, rose-purple flowers with orange-yellow centers bloom in profusion at the tips of the leafy branches.
The flower color is variable, ranging from lavender to blue to white. A pink variety of this species is sometimes grown commercially.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
, WY Canada: BC
, QC Native Distribution:
Que. & ME
w. to e. Great Plains; also mts. of WY, CO
& NM; naturalized elsewhere Native Habitat:
Moist, open, wooded areas; meadows; mesic prairies; disturbed sites; stream banks
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Moist Soil pH:
Acidic (pH<6.8) Soil Description:
Moist soils. Conditions Comments:
New England aster flowers until frost. Its roots should be divided every several years to keep the plant growing vigorously. Can be aggressive.
Seen with Goldenrods in old fields undergoing natural succession. Source of several cultivars. (Ontario Native
Bees and butterflies frequent this wildflower. Nectar
source for Monarch butterflies. Conspicuous Flowers:
Butterflies Larval Host:
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)and checkerspot butterflies. Nectar Source:
PropagationDescription: Sow seeds, 5/8 deep, outside in fall or provide cold stratification. New England aster can also be propagated by softwood cuttings taken in late spring. Mature plants can be divided in the spring by sectioning off individual stems with their associat
Seed Collection: The seed heads remain intact for several weeks after the first frost. At that time, shade the nutlets loose or pluck them from the head. Air-dry and store in sealed, refrigerated containers.
Seed Treatment: This species requires or benefits from a three month period of cold-moist stratification in the refrigerator. Damp stratify 4-6 weeks prior to planting.
Commercially Avail: yes
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
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National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2013-09-12
Research By: TWC Staff