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New England Aster

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This compact mounded selection is a stunner during the late summer months and into the fall; bubblegum pink flowers with yellow centers bloom among dark green foliage; beautiful in borders or fresh cut arrangements

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
3 feet
Average Landscape Width:
24 inches
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Aster
Species:
novae-angliae
Flower Color:
pink
Flower Period:
from early to late fall
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
mounded
Canopy:
leggy
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Other Species Names:
New England Aster, Michaelmas Daisy
Branching:
herbaceous
Density:
dense
Flower Eye Color:
yellow
Flower Form:
daisy

Ornamental Features

New England Aster has masses of beautiful pink daisy flowers with yellow eyes at the ends of the stems from early to late fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its narrow leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

New England Aster is a dense herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

New England Aster will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. The flower stalks can be weak and so it may require staking in exposed sites or excessively rich soils. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America. It can be propagated by division.

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