Sun: Prefers full

Moisture: Medium to wet

Height: 4'

Bloom Time: Aug-Oct

Bloom Color: Purple

Genotype: Ypsilanti Township and Superior Township, MI.

Indigenous interactions: In the Great Lakes area, the Ojibwa smoked the roots in a pipe to attract game, and the Meskwaki and the Potowatomi used the plant as a smudge to revive an unconscious patient (Moerman, 1998).


This purple fall aster creates a colorful fall show, especially when paired with native goldenrods. Tends to drop some lower leaves later in the season--placing a shorter plant in front of New England Aster, such as a species of Rudbeckia or Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum), is recommended. The Xerces Society recommends this species as "highly attractive to pollinators" in the Great Lakes region.

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England Aster)