Common Name: New England Aster
Scientific Name: Symphyotrichum novae-angliae
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae or New England aster, is a native plant commonly found growing in regions from the eastern to central United States. With more ray flowers — commonly known as petals — than many typical asters, the New England aster is a showy native plant that can grow to heights of up to 6 feet. Not only are the blooms bountiful and beautiful, this fall-blooming flower is an important late-season food source for pollinators, as it can bloom from August to late October in Minnesota.
At the Arboretum, you can find New England aster in many of the natural areas, as well as the specialty gardens! With hues ranging from shades of pink, purple, blue and white, this aster can also be found in the nursery trade under many different cultivars. Use our Plant Finder to discover the locations of different cultivars of New England aster on display throughout the Arboretum.