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Aster novi-belgii 'Coombe Violet' (New York Asters)

New York Aster 'Coombe Violet', Michaelmas Daisy 'Coombe Violet', Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Coombe Violet', Long-Leaf Aster 'Coombe Violet'


Adding brilliant color to the late season garden, Aster novi-belgii 'Coombe Violet' (New York Aster) features masses of rich violet-purple, semi-double flowers with a sunny yellow center. Borne on slender, branched stems bearing lance-shaped, gray-green leaves, they bloom for weeks from early to mid fall 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.

  • Typically grows with an upright, bushy habit, up to 4 ft. tall (120 cm) and 12 in. wide (30 cm). May need staking. 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, coastal gardens or butterfly gardens. New York 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!
  • 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,
  • Sometimes susceptible to powdery mildew.
  • Cut back in late fall.

Aster novi-belgii, commonly known as New York 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. The flowers of New York Asters are always held in sprays rather than individually and provide an outstanding late season show.

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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 Fall
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
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
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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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 Fall
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
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
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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