New England Aster

 - Aster novae-angliae

Light: Full Sun, Partial
Soil: Sand, Loam, Clay
Moisture: Medium, Moist
Benefits: Pollinators, Butterflies, Birds, Deer Resistant
Height: 3'-6'
Blooms: Aug, Sep, Oct
Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Color: Pink, Purple, Blue
Spacing: 1'-18"
Root: Fibrous
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New England Aster's rich color highlights the late season landscape with magnificent blooms ranging in color from blue-purple to lavender-pink, with yellow-orange centers. Large and showy this aster can grow up to six feet high. Like most asters it blooms late in the season and provides a critical fall nectar source for pollinators, especially Monarchs as they stock up for their fall migration to Mexico.

This deer resistant native is popular in the tall border, cottage garden or butterfly garden. It prefers moist, rich soils, but is easily grown in a broad range of conditions, thriving in full sun or light shade in all but the driest soils. It does self-seed in favorable conditions. When this tall aster goes into bloom the lower leaves begin to dry up and this is normal. If height becomes an issue, pinching back the stems a few times before mid-July can help eliminate any need for staking.

Also known as: Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, Michaelmas Daisy
Habitat: Moist open wooded areas, moist prairies, meadows, mesic prairies, disturbed site, low valleys, stream banks, thickets
Also noted: Bees and butterflies frequent this wildflower. Nectar source for Monarch butterflies. Larval host for Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) and checkerspot butterflies.

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