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Aster novi-belgii (New York Asters)

New York Aster, Michaelmas Daisy, Symphyotrichum novi-belgii


Adding brilliant color to the late season garden, Aster novi-belgii (New York Aster) is a clump-forming, upright perennial boasting masses of purple daisies with sunny yellow centers in mid summer to mid fall. Borne on slender, branched stems bearing lance-shaped leaves, they bloom for weeks and enliven any sunny corner of the garden. Native to North America, this eye-catching Aster is easy to grow, long lived, brings cheerful fall color and is a great source of nectar for butterflies. Its blossoms are visited by monarchs and other butterflies, skippers and bees.

  • Grows up to 3-4 ft. tall (90-120 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm). 
  • Thrives in full sun in medium moisture, sandy, loamy and clay, well-drained soils. Moist, rich soils are preferred. Tolerates nutritionally poor soil, partial shade, but prefers a sunny location. Provide good air circulation to avoid foliage diseases such as powdery mildew. Drought and salt tolerant.
  • Vital ingredient of late summer and fall borders, cottage gardens, coastal gardens or butterfly gardens. New York Asters are also valued for the excellent quality of their cut flowers.
  • Propagate by division in spring. Divide every third year to maintain vigor. Pinching back several times in early summer will help develop more compact and bushy plants,
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Sometimes susceptible to powdery mildew. The plant is somewhat unpalatable to deer and rabbits.
  • Cut back in late fall.
  • Native to eastern Canada and the northeastern USA.

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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 (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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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 (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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