New England Aster is a fall-blooming aster that provides necessary nectar and pollen late in the growing season.
Bees, butterflies, flies, caterpillars
4 to 8
3 to 6 ft.
2 to 3 ft.
Partial Shade, Full Sun
Medium Soil, Wet Soil
August, September, October
Good for small groupings or massing as the back of native plant beds. Consider planting near other sturdy plants that will help support the stems while in bloom.
Care and Maintenance
May need to be staked when in bloom. Can be pinched back multiple times from late spring through summer to encourage more compact growth. Lower leaves tend to drop in late summer and fall. Produces a large amount of seed and can become weedy.
Pest and Diseases
Susceptible to powdery mildew and aster wilt. Insects and rabbits consume foliage.
Establishment and Propagation
Best started by seeds in flats, then transplanted. Can be transplanted in early spring or fall.
Alternative Plant Selections
Illinois native statewide.
Insignificant foliage. Flowers in late summer to fall.
Large showy plant with a stout, upright habit. Purple to pinkish clusters of daisy-like flowers emerge at the tips in the late growing season.