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Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

New England Aster

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Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England Aster)

This handsome aster grows up to six feet tall and produces hundreds of large, bright purple flowers with yellow centers in September and October. The flowers are a favorite nectar source for migrating monarch butterflies. Like other asters, it can be pruned back until mid-June to create a denser habit with more flowers.

Additional Information:


Height
36-60 Inches

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Spread
24-36 Inches

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
Blue Violet


USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida), Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa), Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum), Smooth Sumac (Rhus glabra), Silverbeard; Splitbeard Grass (Andropogon ternarius), Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)

Characteristics & Attributes

Critter Resistance

Rabbit Resistant

Hydrologic Designation

FACW

Nature Attracting

Songbird
Butterfly

Root

Fibrous

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture

Moderate
High

Special Uses

Fresh Cut Flower

Sun Exposure

Medium Sun/Average Shade
Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Food/Birds
Butterfly Nectar