Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster)
New England aster Description:
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, commonly known as the New England aster or Michaelmas daisy, is a showy herbaceous perennial plant native to North America. It typically grows to a height of 3-7 feet and has a bushy, upright habit.
The leaves of Symphyotrichum novae-angliae are lance-shaped, toothed, and arranged alternately along the stems. The flowers are daisy-like with bright, vividly colored petals arranged in large, branching clusters at the top of the plant. They bloom from late summer to early fall, typically in shades of purple, pink, or white.
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae prefers moist, well-drained soils and full sun, but can tolerate some shade. It is an important plant for pollinators, attracting bees, butterflies, and other insects with its nectar-rich flowers. It is also used in ecological landscaping and as a native plant in gardens and naturalized areas.
This plant is easy to grow and can spread quickly, making it a great addition to naturalized areas, wildflower gardens, or borders. With its stunning blooms and important ecological role, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae is a popular choice for gardeners and nature enthusiasts alike.
New England aster is most commonly found in the Midwest and Eastern United States. It does, however, have a range that extends into the Western and Southern United States. In Minnesota, New England aster is most commonly found in the Western and Southern portions of the state.
Standard Plant Information:
Plant Height: 3' - 7'
Bloom Time: August - October
Preferred Habitat: Does well in part shade to full sun. Often found in moist fields and woodland edges.