Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

New England Aster

New England Aster

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (Aster novae-angliae)

Full sun, wet to moderately dry moisture level, most soils including clay, neutral to slightly acid pH.   3-5 ft. height, blooms in fall, purple flowers.

Germination Code:  C(60)

Native Region:  Lightly statewide

One of the best known asters with many commercially propagated cultivars.  Easy to grow from seed.  Becomes almost shrub-like in size and tends to sprawl.  Heavy pruning in mid-June leads to a more compact plant.  Attracts butterflies and bees. Due to its late blooming period, it is a critical fall nectar source for Monarch butterflies as they prepare for their long migration to Mexico.


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