New England Aster (Symphyotricum novae-angliae)

Smiling Sun Gardens

Regular price $6.00

This tall aster produces hundreds of large violet purple to deep purple flowers with yellow centers in Sept. and Oct. The flowers are a favorite nectar source for migrating monarch butterflies. Praying mantis like to catch butterflies on them. They grow best in fertile soil with constant moisture. Pinch garden plants back three or four times before Aug. 15th to keep them more compact.

Use in the back of the garden for late season color and to attract butterflies. Grows well in native plant gardens or in damp prairies.

Native Environment: Prairie, Wetland
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8
USDA Symbol: syno2 Height: 30 to 60 inches
Spread: 24 to 48 inches
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Color: Purple
Flower: Showy, Good Cut
Bloom Time: August to September
Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Wildlife Benefit: Food for Birds, Butterfly Nectar
Animal Resistance: Rabbit Resistant
Nature Attracting: Butterflies, Birds, Native Bees, Beneficial Insects
Special Usage: Rain Garden
Tolerate: Clay Soil

Host Plant: Pearl Crescent