New England aster is a native, upright perennial with purple or pinkish daisy-like flowers that bloom in late summer and autumn. This aster is known for attracting butterflies looking for nectar and is a host for butterfly caterpillars and larvae.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Chicago area,
- North America
- Mixed border,
- Large plant (more than 24 inches)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8
- Moist, well-drained soil
Season of Interest:
- Late summer,
- Early fall,
- Mid fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
3 to 6 feet high and 2 to 3 feet wide
Tree & Plant Care
Pinch stems early in season to encourage the plant to be bushy and shorter.
Plant behind other plants as the bottom portion of the plant often become leggy late in the season.
Disease, pests and problems
Minor foliage diseases can mar the foliage on the lower part of the stems late in the season.
Disease, pest, and problem resistance
Native geographic location and habitat
Common in prairies.
Attracts birds & butterflies
Caterpillar and larva host to the pearl crescent and silvery checkerspot butterflies.
Nectar source for various butterflies such as the buckeye, viceroy, checkered white, painted lady, monarch, eastern tailed-blue pearl crescent, American painted lady, cloudless sulphur, clouded sulphur, common checkered-skipper, and the hairstreak butterflies.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Simple, alternate leaves clasp the stems; lance-shaped, up to 4 inches long
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Purple or pink daisy-like flowers; each flower about 1 1/2 inches across
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Not ornamentally important