Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, New England aster, is one of the most attractive and common asters that thrives in moist full sun meadows. From mid August through October, New England aster produces numerous flowers ranging in color from pale lavender to deep purple, standing 3-6’ tall. Typically deer resistant and excellent as a cut flower, the New England aster is a must for open moist habitat.
Glowing violet, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae blooms within meadows and along roadsides, providing pollinators with a late-season treat. These beautiful flowers will provide us with a colorful display from August through October, waiting till late fall to set seed. They prefer full sun or partial shade and tolerate clay soils since they like moist conditions. Symphyotrichum novae-angliae is a larval host to the pearl crescent butterfly caterpillar and the checkerspot butterfly caterpillar. They provide nectar for bees, hoverflies, skippers, and butterflies — specifically monarch butterflies during their late-season migration. Also, this plant contains medicinal qualities which were historically used to treat poison ivy and sumac rashes, fevers, and stomach ailments. This plant was used by Native Americans, like the Cherokee, Mohawk, and Chippewa, for various purposes, such as attracting game, reviving unconscious patients, and relieving excess mucus.