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Symphyotrichum novi-belgii (New york aster)
Reveal, James L.

Symphyotrichum novi-belgii

Symphyotrichum novi-belgii (L.) G.L. Nesom

New York Aster

Asteraceae (Aster Family)


USDA Symbol: SYNO3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N), SPM (N)

A branching plant with slender, mostly smooth stems bearing narrow leaves and numerous flower heads with blue-violet to rose (sometimes white) rays surrounding a yellow or reddish central disc.

This large aster is abundant in low areas along the coast. There are many color forms, including those with white or rose rays. The species name, Latin for "of New Belgium," is from an early name for New York.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Yellow , Blue , Purple , Violet
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


USA: CT , DC , DE , MA , MD , ME , NC , NH , NJ , NY , PA , RI , SC , VA , VT , WV
Native Distribution: Quebec, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia south to South Carolina, mostly near coast.
Native Habitat: Shorelines, damp thickets, and meadows.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

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.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Delaware Nature Society - Hockessin, DE

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Symphyotrichum novi-belgii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Symphyotrichum novi-belgii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Symphyotrichum novi-belgii


Record Modified: 2023-01-20
Research By: TWC Staff

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