Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

New England Aster

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Prairie, Wetland
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Purple
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Rabbit Resistant
Size

Height:

30 to
60
inches

Spread:

24 to
48
inches
Size
Height: 30 to
60
inches
Spread: 24 to
48
inches
Size
Height: 30 to
60
inches
Spread: 24 to
48
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Use in the back of the garden for late season color and to attract butterflies. Grows well in native plant gardens or in damp prairies.
Establishment and Care Instructions
They grow best in fertile soil with constant moisture. Pinch garden plants back three or four times before Aug. 15th to keep them more compact.
Special Features
Special Usage
Basic Description

This tall aster produces hundreds of large violet purple to deep purple flowers with yellow centers in Sept. and Oct. The flowers are a favorite nectar source for migrating monarch butterflies. Praying mantis like to catch butterflies on them!

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