Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (L.) G.L.Nesom

Michaelmas Daisy, New England Aster, Hairy Michaelmas Daisy

Family: Compositae

Genus: Symphyotrichum

Category: Perennial

Zones: 4 to 8

Size: 3 to 6' tall and 2 to 3' wide

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun


Upright form. Daisy-like flowers with purple petals and yellow centers in late summer to early autumn. Prefers moist rich soil and good air circulation. Pinching back stems in early summer with promote bushiness and reduce height. Can be cut to the ground after flowering to prevent self-seeding. Attractive to butterflies and rabbit resistant (Oudolf). Tolerates clay soil.


'Andenken an Alma Potchke' - Pink flowers 'Septemberrubin' - Red flowers 'Violetta' - Purple flowers


Published in Phytologia 77: 287 in 1995.

Basionym Aster novae-angliae L.

Native to Canada and the US.


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