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New England Aster

New England aster flowers

New England Aster
(Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

Height:

  • 3 to 4 feet

Bloom:

  • August to October

Classification:

  • Native
  • Perennial

Sun:

  • Full sun

Soil moisture:

  • Medium to wet

Provides food for:

  • Butterflies (flowers)
  • Honey bees (flowers)
  • Native bees (flowers)
  • Caterpillars (foliage)
  • Songbirds (seeds, caterpillars and other insects)

Notes:

  • Deer browsing typically does not hurt New England asters. It just makes them bushier.
  • Has a tendency to grow taller than “normal” in garden settings and may flop over.
  • Can be trimmed (i.e. artificially grazed) to keep shorter and promote bushiness.

Native Range:

USDA range map for New England aster
Map credit: USDA Plants Database

Relevant Backyard Ecology Resources: