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.
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.