New England Aster are long living perennials native to most of the states of USA, except arid areas and tropical areas. They are important nectar plants for monarchs migrating back to Mexico. The prefer sunny spot and adaptable to most of the soils, they are also very drought tolerant, even they prefer medium to moist soils. Our plants are Indiana genotype, with purple-blue flowers. The “legs” of New England Asters always loose leaves, so the best is to plant them at the back of flower bed, so medium tall plants can cower bare stems. It can become floppy, especially with too much moisture, so you can plant other taller perennials for stalk support or provide “Chelsey chop” (cutting back 1/3 to ½ of the stems at the end of May/beg. June - plants will get shorter, bloom even more, with slightly smaller flowers and slightly later than usual).This aster can be used in cottage gardens, sunny borders, prairies, medium moist meadows, butterfly gardens, pollinator gardens, rain gardens or for naturalization. It look good with Aster ericoides, Asclepias (incarnata or sullivantii), Baptisia, Helenium, Rudbeckia (fulgida, maxima, subtomentosa), Monarda (fistulosa, didyma, x hybrida),Liatris, Silphium or grasses like Andropogon gerardii, Panicum virgatum, Sorghastrum.
Blooming time : August - September/October
Size : around 50-60 " high x 20-25” wide
USDA zones : 4 to 9
Culture: sun, half sun, half shade, average soil, loam, clay soil
Moisture Needs : medium, medium-dry, tolerates droughts
Origin: native wildflower to majority of the states of USA except Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Texas and Florida.
Deer/rabbit resistant : yes/yes
Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators : attracts monarchs, native bees, skippers and butterflies
Attracts Hummingbirds : no
Pot Size : 3.5" perennial pot (1.22 pt/580 ml)