New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

Aster family (Asteraceae) | Wildflowers and Herbs plant group | Also known as Aster novae-angliae
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These fall asters can be found in forest edge and meadow habitats. They have large purple flowers and resemble other asters in many other ways.

Identification Hints

Blooming between August and October, these asters attract multiple pollinators including bees and butterflies, including Monarchs. The perennial’s hairy, clasping leaves are arranged densely on its 4-6 foot stems. Rose-purple flowers with orange-yellow centers bloom in profusion at the tips of the leafy branches.

Did You Know?

Because New England Aster has such beautiful flowers, many cultivars of it have been developed; at least 50 are commercially available. The flower stalks and heads of New England Aster are covered with gland-tipped hairs.

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