Prairie Moon Nursery - New England Aster

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03/26/2024 14:44:36
New England Aster is a late bloomer like most Asters. Maturing to 5' tall, it is rich with purple flowers with orange-yellow centers from late summer to October. Popular with pollinators, it thrives in full sun or light shade in all but the driest soils.

The colors of the New England Aster can vary from purple, violet, and lavender to all shades of pink. Bees and butterflies are attracted to it, and the nectar of the flower provides an excellent source for Monarchs and other butterflies late into the fall. New England Aster is drought-tolerant. When the plant is blooming, the lower leaves can often dry up causing some to think the plant is dying or has disease. This is normal, so don't be alarmed. Capable of reaching great heights, prune this plant back early in the season to encourage bushy, rather than tall, growth.

On many sites Asters can be prolific self seeders. New England Aster in particular does well in a broad range of soil conditions, so on small sites or in home garden/landscapes removal of the seed head before the seed is ripe is preferable to weeding unwanted seedlings. Species in the genus Symphyotrichum serve as host plants to dozens of moths including the Wavy-Lined Emerald. Symphyotrichum novae-angliae is also called Aster novae-angliae.