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Aster novae-angliae
New England Aster

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New England Aster is a large variety of the upright native perennial that can grow as tall as 6 feet.  It sports a hairy stem and rough, hairy lance-like green leaves that are deer resistant.  The large, purple flowers with orange-yellow centers start to bloom in late summer and typically continue until the first frost.  New England Aster prefers full sun and rich, moist soils.

Type: 

Perennial

Height: 

3’ - 6’

Spread: 

2’ - 3’

Spacing: 

3’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

4 - 8

Culture: 

Full Sun

Bloom Color: 

Purple

Season of Interest: 

SummerFall

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Medium Maintenance Plant.  Large stalks may need staking, or to be pinched back several times before mid-July to control height and promote bushiness to alleviate the need for stakes. Pinching back will delay flowering.  Susceptible to powdery mildew if in poorly-drained soil.  Cut stalks after flowering to prevent self-seeding.

LANDSCAPE USES: Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland GardensWildlife GardensNaturalized Areas, and Containers.

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