New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) in the Asters Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae Accepted
Aster novae-angliae Synonym
Virgulus novae-angliae Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 36 - 60 inches
Plant Spread: 24 - 36 inches
Leaves: Fragrant
Fruiting Time: Fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Pink
Purple
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Stratify seeds: 3 months at 40 degrees
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: self seeds, rather prolifically
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Division
Pollinators: Self
Beetles
Moths and Butterflies
Flies
Bees
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Just now beginning to bloom (mid Sept., north-central MA)

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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2010-09-18Monarch magnet in September
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2018-09-17#pollination  Looks like the bee might run into the butterfly.
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-09-22
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Location: Athol, MADate: 2017-09-15Thanks @jmorth
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2008-09-22#pollination  (note number and kinds of butterflies)
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Location: VermontDate: 2010-09-23
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 9-25-11#pollination
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 9-30-11#pollination
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Location: CanadaDate: 2017-09-16
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Location: Athol, MADate: 2017-09-20
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Location: Athol, MADate: 2017-09-24
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-09-22
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-09-19
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 9-12-13#pollination
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2013-09-18#pollination   Painted Lady
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Location: Athol, MADate: 2017-09-15Sequel to yesterday's bud
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2016-09-12#pollination  Buckeyes
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Location: Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PennsylvaniaDate: 2020-09-23Growing Wild in Longwood's Meadow
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-09-19w/ honey bee
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-09-30Checkered White on N E Aster
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Location: My GardensDate: September 16, 2011Close Up View
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Location: central IllinoisDate: fallBad Hair Day
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 9-21-13#pollination
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 10-1-11#pollination   Skipper BF
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-01-17
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2018-10-02#pollination  Bumble Bee
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2016-09-12#pollination   2 Buckeyes and a Painted Lady
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Location: Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania USADate: 2019-09-14Meadow Garden native plant
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Location: ILDate: 2014-09-03
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Location: Meadowland In Northeastern Indiana - Zone 5bDate: 2011-09-26
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Location: Near shed - full sunDate: 2010-1030
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Location: Near shed - full sunDate: 2006-1019Butterflies love this plant.
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-09-28
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Location: central IllinoisDate: fallConvergence- 3 garden aviators converge on a collision course abo
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-02-06#pollination
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 10-1-11#pollination
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 10-4-11#pollination    Pearl Crescent BF
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Location: Athol, MADate: 2018-09-09
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2018-10-01#pollination  (Note tiny spider top right)
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Location: Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania USADate: 2019-09-14Meadow Garden native plant
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Location: Meadowland In Northeastern Indiana - Zone 5bDate: 2011-09-26Just opened bloom.
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 9-19-11
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 10-1-11
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-09-28
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2016-09-25
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2016-10-18#pollination
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 9-30-11#pollination
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 10-1-11#pollination
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2016-11-11#pollination   moth
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2016-09-20#pollination
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 10-09-2014#pollination
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2018-09-14#pollination  Green Metallic Bee
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2018-09-16#pollination  Cabbage White in flight
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2018-09-23#pollination  4 Bumble Bees
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-09-28close up
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-10-22
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-10-22
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2013-09-05
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Location: Near shed - full sunDate: 2011-1028
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Location: Aster Hill - near shed, full sunDate: 2014-10-18It's near impossible to get a photo without bees.
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Location: Near shed - full sunDate: 2014-10-27
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-11-01
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2009-09-273 BF present - Buckeye, Painted Lady, and a Sulphur
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 9-22-11
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 9-27-14Butterfly magnet
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Location: back yardDate: fallSkipper butterfly
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2016-09-13#pollination   Buckeye
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Location: Athol, MADate: 2017-09-20Blooms in late September and is so beautiful.
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2008-09-09#pollination
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2018-09-24#pollination  (heavy nectar load)
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2013-09-04
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2013-09-04
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Location: Near shed - full sunDate: 2007-0430I cut back the mound of asters so my husband could widen the pave
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Location: Near shed - full sunDate: 2011-1028Cutting back the asters.
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-09-28
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Location: Near shed - full sunDate: 2014-10-27
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Location: Apis mellifera (honey bee) on Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster)Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield
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Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield
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Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield
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Photo Courtesy of Prairie Nursery. Used with Permission
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Location: central Illinois (Sangchris State Park)Date: 2014-09-29
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Location: Manitoba, CanadaDate: 2016-08-13
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Location: Sangchris State Park - central IllinoisDate: 9-27-14the purple in the pic
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Location: Athol, MADate: 2017-05-20Planted last fall. Now May 20th in north-central MA
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Location: Athol, MADate: 2018-06-03New, tender leaves in early June, zone 5b
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Location: Meadowland In Northeastern Indiana - Zone 5bDate: 2011-09-26
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Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield
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Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-04-23
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-09-11
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-09-28
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Comments:
Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Oct 22, 2011 2:39 AM

Fantastic butterfly magnet in fall...I've had up to 8 Monarchs in 1 photo frame. Attracts Monarchs, Red Admirals, Painted Ladies, Skippers (various kinds including Silver Spotted, European, and Peck's), Sulphurs (Clouded, Cloudless, and Orange), Cabbage Whites and Checkered Whites, Swallowtails, Hairstreaks, Buckeyes, Question Marks and Commas, Pearl Crescents, and moths (day time ones).
That said, it should be noted, the Monarchs really take the show.

Used as a medicine by Chinese herbalists. Used as a love medicine by the Iroquois.
Flowers and leaves are edible.

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Posted by SCButtercup (Simpsonville SC - Zone 7b) on Aug 28, 2014 5:11 AM

I admit to being a snob about this plant, which I considered a weed, but it was given to me by someone who loved it, so I planted it in front of the deck. This is a good place for it because it grows very tall, and the flowers can be seen through the railing. Beautiful blue-purple blooms that would look great next to yellow, but I can't find anything that is blooming in fall the way this does. Maybe I'll try a mid-summer sowing of Cosmos 'Bright Lights' next to it.

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Posted by Skiekitty (Denver Metro - Zone 5a) on Apr 14, 2014 12:32 PM

Grows like a weed. Tolerates heat & xeric conditions nicely. Grows VERY tall, about 4-4.5 feet tall. Easy to transplant. Provides some winter interest, but birds don't seem interested in the seeds.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 8, 2014 2:29 PM

New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) is a larval host plant for the Pearl Crescent butterfly. It is also a key nectar source for the Monarch and other butterflies, and is a Monarch Way Station plant. Its late bloom makes it an important source of nectar for butterflies and moths in the fall.

This plant also has special value to native, bumble, and honey bees, including small carpenter, leafcutter, longhorned, and green sweat bees.

New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) also attracts beneficial insects to the garden, such as bee flies, syrphid flies, and soldier beetles.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Oct 20, 2011 5:23 PM

Valuable source of nectar and pollen for honey bees

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Plant Events from our members
jmorth On August 16, 2014 Bloomed
lovesblooms On March 13, 2015 Plant emerged
returned from 2014 winter sown plant
lovesblooms On January 29, 2015 Seeds sown
winter sowing
Catmint20906 On September 19, 2015 Bloomed
jhugart On May 22, 2020 Transplanted
Added new plant next to existing one in East bed.
jhugart On May 22, 2020 Obtained plant
Bought one leggy plant at Mother Earth Gardens in northeast Minneapolis, MN.
jhugart On April 7, 2020 Plant emerged
Somewhere around here I noticed new growth in a picture. It is somewhat obscured by the dried out old growth from last year. I did eventually prune that away in order to make a brush pile.
jhugart On September 16, 2017 Obtained plant
Plant was an extra left-over from Noah Frese's Eagle Scout service project on this date.
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Fabulous photo! by sandnsea2 Oct 27, 2011 11:51 PM 1
Thanks to jmorth! by joannakat Sep 15, 2017 11:14 PM 1
Purple flowers with yellow center ID please. by antsinmypants Oct 31, 2020 8:22 PM 5
Gardens near homes and wasps nest by cshahar Jan 20, 2018 10:58 PM 35
Finally bought this plant I wanted! by Freedombelle Oct 5, 2017 1:39 PM 10
Is this a flower or a weed? by gardenglassgems Sep 18, 2017 4:52 AM 19
Pretty plant, but not yet flowering by plantwonder Jul 21, 2017 4:47 PM 2
Any ideas?? by Harry8052 May 28, 2017 4:47 PM 13
HAVE: Plenty to trade! by lovesblooms Jun 8, 2016 9:07 AM 27
Aster cultivar? by Bonehead Sep 24, 2015 10:50 AM 7
field Marigolds by jenniferatemple Aug 28, 2015 5:50 PM 4
Include"Native to..." by Chillybean Aug 28, 2015 7:03 PM 17

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