Symphyotrichum novae-angliae
(New England Aster)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: New England Aster
    Synonyms: Aster novae-angliae, Lasallea novae-angliae, Virgulus novae-angliae
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: August - November
    Status: Native

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, or New England Aster, is native to most of the eastern two-thirds of the United States, and is also adventive in parts of the west. It grows in many places, including along roadsides, on shores, in ditches, prairies, fields, meadows and swamp edges. It blooms in the fall, and is one of the last flowers to bloom.

Although this genus is very tricky, this plant is quite easily distinguished from other asters by its tall stature and deep purple flowers with golden centers.

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