CRCCD – New England Aster

$10.00

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Description

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (syn. Aster novae-angliae)

CT DR RG P

Soil:  Rich, Well-drained
Moisture:  Average to Moist (preferred)
Light:  Full Sun
Plant Height:  3 to 6 feet
Plant Width: 2 to 3 feet
Pests: None
Landscape Value: Great for massing, in perennial borders and butterfly gardens, along streams and ponds, in meadows, and in naturalized areas.

Showy and easy-to-grow! A clump-forming perennial with stout stems and numerous clasping leaves. Plants are topped by clusters of daisy-like flowers that bloom late summer into fall. Flower color varies from lavender to rose-purple to pink and even white. When in bloom, lower leaves often dry up and fall off. Taller plants may require staking. If height is a concern, stems can be pinched back several times before July to control height and promote bushiness. Self-seeds. Remove flower heads or cut to the ground after flowering to prevent unwanted seeding. Good air circulation helps prevent susceptibility to powdery mildew. Divide roots every few years to keep plants growing vigorously. Attracts butterflies, moths and large numbers of flies and native bees. A great nectar source for fall migrating Monarchs. Larval host for Pearl Crescent and Checkerspot butterflies and the Wavy-lined Emerald moth. Tolerates clay soil and dry soil. Makes a good cut flower.

5-pint pot

Photo credits:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (photo by James L. Reveal)
Missouri Botanical Garden