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Aster novae-angliae 'Harrington's Pink' (New England Asters)

New England Aster 'Harrington's Pink', Michaelmas Daisy 'Harrington's Pink', Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Harrington's Pink'


A vigorous and statuesque New England Aster variety, 'Harrington's Pink' (Aster novae-angliae) features masses of delicate, clear pink flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), densely packed with fine ray petals. Blooming for weeks from late summer to late fall, this eye-catching beauty stands out in the sunny landscape. Native to North America, it is easy to grow, long lived, brings cheerful fall color and is a great source of nectar for butterflies.

  • Multi-stemmed, this New England Aster forms abundant clusters at the tips of slightly lax stems that are clad with hairy bright green leaves. On cloudy days or at night, the flowers droop and close. As soon as the sun shines again, they pursue their glorious display and will do so for weeks.
  • Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for its noteworthy qualities.
  • Typically grows up to 4-6 ft. tall (120-180 cm) and 20-24 in. wide (50-60 cm). May need some support. Deer and rabbit resistant!
  • Thrives in full sun or partial shade, in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Moist, rich soils are preferred. Provide good air circulation to avoid foliage diseases such as powdery mildew. Drought, salt and wet soil tolerant!
  • Vital ingredient of late summer and fall borders, cottage gardens, prairies or butterfly gardens. Great for containers too! New England Asters are also valued for the excellent quality of their cut flowers.
  • Asters are a must if you are trying to attract birds or butterflies!
  • Pinch back stems before midsummer to promote bushiness, produce a greater number of flowers and to control the plant height (to avoid flopping by the plant). Asters may self-seed if grown in ideal conditions. Cutting back after flowering will prevent undesired self-seeding.

Aster novae-angliae, commonly known as New England Aster, belongs to the Asteraceae family, which also includes yarrows, chrysanthemums, and sunflowers. The Genus Aster contains over 600 species and thousands of hybrid varieties, providing a wide choice to pick from, as they all vary in habit, height, flower color, leaf shape and growing conditions. Providing an outstanding late season show with its masses of violet or lavender daisy-like flowers, New England Aster is one of the tallest and most spectacular of the Asters.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Asters
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Asters
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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