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Aster novae-angliae (New England aster)

Aster novae-angliae Aster novae-angliae 'Honeysong Pink' Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Bluestone Perennials


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Aster novae-angliae ASS-ter no-vay-AN-glee-ay Common Name: New England aster Genus: Aster
Strong, almost woody, stems bear large sprays (to 10 inches) of violet-purple flowers.
Noteworthy characteristics: This aster's flowers have more petals than New York aster, giving them a more frilly look. Its flowers tend to close at night and on cold days. Many cultivars exist.
Propagation: Most asters require frequent division.
Problems: Asters are sometimes plagued by fungal diseases. The most common are wilt disease, powdery mildew, and botrytis.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Moderate
Characteristics Attracts Butterflies; Native; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Fall; Late Summer; Summer
Flower Color Purple/ Lavender Flower; Yellow Flower
Uses Beds and Borders
Style Cottage Garden, Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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