Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


 Symphyotrichum  novae-angliae - New England Aster

Formally Aster novae-angliae

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

To view the natural range of Smooth Blue Aster visit the USDSA Natural Resources Conservation Service website
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Symphyotrichum - novae-angliae
 Symphyotrichum - novae-angliae
Symphyotrichum - novae-angliae in full bloom
Seed Provenance - Volunteer Nodding Onion Gardens 2012 - to present
New England Aster
New England Aster

Cultivation Information

Aster novae-angliae

Height - 4 ft - 5 ft
Flower Color
- Purple
Blooms - August - September
Sun - Sun/part sun

Hardy Zone - 3 to 7

Soil - Moist

pH - 5.5 to 7.0

Family -Asteraceae

Wildlife Significance

New England Aster

Provides Late Fall Pollen - As a source of protein for:long-tongued bees, bee flies, short-tongue bees and Syrphid flies

Bumble Bees - Assists  Queen Bumble Bees in their quest to build pollen reserves for winter

Host Plant - Leaves are food for the Caterpillars of Pear Crescent Butterfly

Provides Late Fall Nectar - Butterflies and skippers

Seed - Wild Turkeys

Deer - Mammals are not fond of New England Aster

For detailed information visit the Illinois Wildflower website