Hardiness: USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F) USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade Light Shade
Bloom Color: Pink Violet/Lavender Purple
Bloom Time: Late Summer/Early Fall
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season This plant is resistant to deer
Soil pH requirements: 5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic) 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing the rootball From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; stratify if sowing indoors From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting: Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
On Oct 4, 2012, morrigan from Craryville, NY wrote:
They DO grow quite tall, and I usually give them a haircut before they get to flowering. Even so, they still get tall...but I LOVE these Asters! They are magnificent, eye-catching, and the bees - every single species - love them and their late-blooming cycle here in upstate NY! Highly recommended if you love the cottage look or the garden gone wild look. They look so good, as to eat them! Really! And, btw, I believe I got my first seeds from a DG member!
This beautiful fall flower has a tendancy to get tall while the lower section of the stem turns brown. It is best placed in the back of the garden with other plants in front to cover the brown leaves on the lower stem. An easy trick to keep it a bit shorter with more compact growth is the let it grow to just over 2-3 feet and then give it a haircut to reduce its height by half. It will still have time to set flowers but will have a more orderly look in the garden.
Since this is my Birthday Flower (September-Virgo), I've always had an exceedingly warm and loving relationship with this plant. :) Growing up on the mesic prairies of the Red River Valley in Minnesota, I remember acres and acres of this beautiful perennial, growing amongst the goldenrod and ripe Elderberry shrubs. Now, 5 decades later, it is STILL my favourite Autumn perennial. As a landscape architect, I try to incorporate the actual tall species in any plantings I know it will THRIVE. I've tried the cultivated versions such as Purple Dome in gardens but they lack the "Umph!" of this 4' x 4' beauty. I have a second home in Michigan, on the dunes, and we've allowed vast areas of our property to return to native duneland, and this aster has thrived, along with many of it's cousins in the Aster Family. I'm always amazed at the variations on a theme, that are displayed in the colour: deep rose, baby pink, soft purple, DEEP purple and sometimes, a pure white version. Whenever I find self-sown seedlings of a rarer colour, I tag them and once done blooming, I dig them up and transfer them to areas of the garden that we view daily. I'm always surprised that a plant of this height can have such a small root system to support it, but support it, it does! NO PESTS! NO DISEASES! What's not to love?
On Nov 2, 2011, FlyPoison from Rock Hill, SC wrote:
The New England aster does very well here despite the long, hot, humid and some times dry southern summers. I've never had this aster successfully reseed so I occasionally like to plant new ones. It spreads slowly here and is an excellent addition to any location that gets part-sun/part-shade. It's one of my favorite fall bloomers and the butterflies love it.
On Aug 9, 2008, jmorth from Divernon, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:
Although it does indeed self-seed prolifically, it's majestic splendor in the fall makes it my premier fall blooming perennial. It's also a late season butterfly magnet. Combined with goldenrod it steals the show.
On Nov 2, 2003, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:
The hybrid varieties are very pretty but the wild forms - while alright looking - are rather plain. Hybrids are also more tame but given the right enviroment (in the Northeast U.S., for example), all New England Asters can be invasive. Not ridiculously so, but can self-seed and spread to the point of being a mild nuisance, more suited to wild areas to me than a garden.
On Sep 3, 2002, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
The species makes a wide bush about 4' around if not pruned or staked after it falls down; this provides much better flowering because flowering shoots grow up from all along the stems. Re-seeds itself around a lot if not deadheaded.
It grows well in light shade, but best flowering in full sun.
On Nov 27, 2000, gardener_mick from Wentworth, SD (Zone 4a) wrote:
New England Asters are perennial in zones 3-9 and grow from 2-5' tall. The leaves are 4-5" long and the flowers are 2" across, violet purple and have a bright, golden yellow center. Water plants in early morning when possible and avoid getting the leaves wet. You may need to stake taller varieties.
The plants should be planted in open, airy location to lessen risk of powdery mildew and need well-drained, dry, fertile soil.
Propagation can be done by stem cuttings or by division in early spring or fall. Divisions should be done every 2 years or so when the center of the plants begin to die. Cultivars don't grow true from seed very often.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, (2 reports) Chandler, Arizona San Leandro, California Laguna Beach, Florida Pensacola, Florida Burr Ridge, Illinois Chicago, Illinois Divernon, Illinois Mount Prospect, Illinois Oak Park, Indiana Dawson, Iowa Ewing, Kentucky Melbourne, Kentucky Cresaptown-bel Air, Maryland Amesbury, Massachusetts Beverly, Massachusetts Cambridge, Massachusetts Haverhill, Massachusetts Sterling, Massachusetts Worcester, Massachusetts Harbert, Michigan Ludington, Michigan Pinconning, Michigan Gem Lake, Minnesota Woodland, Minnesota Piedmont, Missouri Big Timber, Montana Blair, Nebraska Franklin, New Hampshire Greenville, New Hampshire Hudson, New Hampshire Manchester, New Hampshire Buffalo, New York Craryville, New York Cuddebackville, New York Jefferson, New York Nineveh, New York Ogdensburg, New York Southold, New York Elizabeth City, North Carolina North River, North Dakota Holiday Valley, Ohio Xenia, Ohio Winston, Oregon Laflin, Pennsylvania North Smithfield, Rhode Island India Hook, South Carolina Leesburg, Virginia Edgewood, Washington Kalama, Washington Millwood, Washington Spokane, Washington De Pere, Wisconsin