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Aster novae-angliae ‘Pink Victor’ (New England Aster)

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

Aster Novae-Angliae 'Pink Victor', New England Aster 'Pink Victor', Michaelmas Daisy 'Pink Victor', Symphyotrichum Novae-Angliae 'Pink Victor', pink aster

A tall and popular New England Aster variety, ‘Pink Victor’ (Aster novae-angliae) features masses of semi-double, medium pink flowers with golden yellow center disks. Blooming for weeks from late summer to mid-fall, this eye-catching beauty readily enlivens any sunny corner of the garden. 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 sturdy 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.
  • Typically grows up to 3-4 ft. tall (90-120 cm) and 20-24 in. wide (50-60 cm).
  • 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. Plants are fairly unpalatable to browsing deer and rabbits.
  • Pinch back stems before midsummer to promote bushiness, produce a greater number of flowers, and 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, including 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.

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 Compositae
Genus Aster
Common names Michaelmas Daisy, New England Aster, Aster
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt, Rabbit, Clay Soil, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden, Coastal Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Symphyotrichum leave ‘Bluebird’ (Smooth Aster)
Ampelaster carolinianus (Climbing Aster)
Doellingeria umbellata (Flat-Topped White Aster)
Aster novi-belgii (New York Aster)
Symphyotrichum chilense (Pacific Aster)
Symphyotrichum lanceolatum (White Panicle Aster)

Recommended Companion Plants

Rudbeckia triloba (Brown-Eyed Susan)
Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’ (Rough Goldenrod)
Aster x frikartii ‘Monch’ (Frikart’s Aster)
Dahlia ‘Karma Choc’
Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’ (Black-Eyed Susan)
Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’ (‘Autumn Joy’)
Pennisetum alopecuroides (Fountain Grass)
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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.
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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 Compositae
Genus Aster
Common names Michaelmas Daisy, New England Aster, Aster
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt, Rabbit, Clay Soil, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden, Coastal Garden
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