Sun or very light shade
Late summer into fall
Widely adaptable. Best in a moist soil. Tolerates wetness.
36 to 60 inches
Purple with yellow centers
Zone 3 to 4. Hardy native.
Wild flower gardens. Back of the border.
Good for late season color and cutting. Cut back early to mid summer for shorter plants. Divide at 2 to 3 years.
The New England Aster is a native species that occurs naturally throughout all of northeastern and north central United States - it is hardly limited to New England. It is perhaps the showiest of the wild asters and a parent of many of the garden cultivars available today. Asters can be used toward the back of mixed borders or in wildflower gardens. The fall flowers are a welcome addition when many other plants have finished blooming. They also make a nice cut flower, though the blooms may close in the evening.