Promoting the Use of Native Plant Species in the Home Landscape

New England Aster

Latin Name: Aster novae-angliae

Flower Description:

Branching clusters of stalked flowers at the top of the stem and arising from upper leaf axils. Branches are often leafy and crowded with flowers. Flowers are 1 – 1 1/2″ across with 40-100 narrow petals (ray flowers) and a golden yellow center that turns reddish purple with age. Ray color is purple to rose pink.

Season BloomAugust - October
HabitatPart shade, sun; moist fields, along roads, edges of woods
Leaf DescriptionLeaves are mostly lance-oblong, some widest above the middle, 1-4" long, 1/2 to 1" wide, mostly toothless, stalkless, tapering to a pointed or rounded tip, the base with a pair of lobes (auricles) that extend around the stem and clasp it.
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