Photo by Melody

PlantFiles: New England Aster, Hardy Aster, Michaelmas Daisy
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Symphyotrichum (sim-fy-oh-TRY-kum) (Info)
Species: novae-angliae (NO-vee ANG-lee-a) (Info)

Synonym:Aster novae-angliae
Synonym:Aster roseus
Synonym:Lasallea novae-angliae
Synonym:Virgulus novae-angliae

10 vendors have this plant for sale.

39 members have or want this plant for trade.

View this plant in a garden


Unknown - Tell us

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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:

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:

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

Click thumbnail
to view:

By jmorth
Thumbnail #1 of Symphyotrichum novae-angliae by jmorth

By Kell
Thumbnail #2 of Symphyotrichum novae-angliae by Kell

By Kell
Thumbnail #3 of Symphyotrichum novae-angliae by Kell

By jmorth
Thumbnail #4 of Symphyotrichum novae-angliae by jmorth

By TuttiFrutti
Thumbnail #5 of Symphyotrichum novae-angliae by TuttiFrutti

By jmorth
Thumbnail #6 of Symphyotrichum novae-angliae by jmorth

By jmorth
Thumbnail #7 of Symphyotrichum novae-angliae by jmorth

There are a total of 26 photos.
Click here to view them all!


8 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Sep 28, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

I've grown a variety of cultivars with success here. I consider them essential plants for the fall garden. Their lower foliage does turn dry and brown before flowering, and the bare knees need something planted in front to screen them. They tend to flop unless staked or cut back substantially in late spring.

Some people develop a rash after handling the hairy foliage.

This spring I transplanted from a highway verge a wild plant whose blue-violet color I'd admired last fall. Though it grew 3' tall in the field, I failed to pinch it and it grew to 7' in good garden soil, a mountain of flowers now. I didn't know this species had the potential to grow so tall. The stem is straight and strong, almost like a tree sapling, and it's well branched---I'm used to cultivars whose stems are floppy and unbranched if not cut back in late spring.

Positive morrigan 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!

Positive ckiefer On Oct 2, 2012, ckiefer from De Pere, WI wrote:

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.

Positive Cahow On Oct 1, 2012, Cahow from HARBERT, MI wrote:

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?

Positive Dosetaker On Sep 7, 2012, Dosetaker from Mason, NH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Common late-summer/fall bloom along Southern New Hampshire's back roads.

Positive FlyPoison On Nov 2, 2011, FlyPoison from Rock Hill, SC (Zone 7a) 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.

Positive jmorth 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.

Positive Equilibrium On Sep 20, 2004, Equilibrium wrote:

This native perennial wildflower is drought resistent and needs no staking. Not a heavy seeder in my experience. Just enough to perpetuate the species without unduly interfering with other plants.

Neutral PurplePansies 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.

Neutral lupinelover 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.

Neutral gardener_mick 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:

, (3 reports)
Chandler, Arizona
San Leandro, California
Panama City Beach, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Chicago, Illinois
Divernon, Illinois
Hinsdale, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Jeffersonville, Indiana
Dawson, Iowa
Ewing, Kentucky
Melbourne, Kentucky
Cumberland, Maryland
Amesbury, Massachusetts
Beverly, Massachusetts
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Haverhill, Massachusetts
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Sterling, Massachusetts
Worcester, Massachusetts
Harbert, Michigan
Ludington, Michigan
Pinconning, Michigan
Isle, Minnesota
Saint Paul, 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
Fargo, North Dakota
Fairborn, Ohio
Xenia, Ohio
Winston, Oregon
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
North Smithfield, Rhode Island
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Leesburg, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Puyallup, Washington
Spokane, Washington (2 reports)
De Pere, Wisconsin

We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America