Aster novae angeliae, New England Aster
Bring rich color to your late season garden with the robust Missouri native, New England Aster, Aster novae-angliae. Its profuse purple daisy-like flowers with yellow centers appear from late summer to early fall. Good for naturalize areas and rain gardens. Also known as Symphyotrichum novae-angliae.
Important Nectar Source. A butterfly favorite, it provides an important nectar source for pollinators, especially Monarchs as they stock up for their fall migration to Mexico.
Plant in full sun in average to moist soil. Plants can grow quite large and should be given plenty of space. Pinching back stems a few times before July 4 will keep plants shorter. Although drought tolerant, for best results water during dry spells and when plants are setting up buds and blooming.