Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

A common species in old fields and roadsides - the strong purple color amidst the yellow goldenrods in fall. Easy to identify by the hairy, clasping leaves and the numerous thin ray flowers ("petals"). Naturally occuring colors range from white to pink to red-purple to the usual purple. Many cultivars are available in commerce. See for ID help.

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Symphyotrichum novae-angliae seedlings
Most Symphyotrichum look the same as cotyledons, but after a few true leaves the fuzziness, rounded tips, and clasping stems can be seen.
R Parker

Mentioned in Solidago

Plant Information

Common Name(s): 
New England aster
Herbaceous Plants - Annuals, Biennials, Perennials
Part Sun
Attracts butterflies/pollinators
Recommended for gardening
Used in traditional 19th century gardens

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