New England Aster
Magnificent in bloom, New England Aster lights up the late season landscape with rich colors ranging from deep violet to lavender-pink. Large and showy, this aster can grow up to six feet high. Like most asters it …
|Soil Type||Clay, Loam, Sand|
|Soil Moisture||Medium, Moist|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial|
|Height||3' - 6'|
|Bloom Color||Lavender, Pink, Purple|
|Bloom Time||Aug, Sep, Oct|
|Spacing||1' - 18"|
|Zones||3, 4, 5, 6, 7|
|Benefits||Birds, Butterflies, Pollinators, Host Plant, Deer Resistant|
|Seeds per Oz||70000|
|Propagation Treatment||Dry Stratification|
|Direct Sowing Time||Early Spring, Fall|
Magnificent in bloom, New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae) lights up the late season landscape with rich deep violet to lavender-pink. 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 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. When it 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 control the need for staking.
Bees and butterflies are frequent visitors to this amazing pollinator favorite, and larval host for the Pearl Crescent, the Gorgone Checkerspot butterfly and the Northern Flower moth. Other common names include Michaelmas Daisy.