Symphyotrichum novae-angliae
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Hardiness Zone: 4-8 Height: 3-6 feet; 0.9-1.8 metres Spread: 2-3 feet; 0.6-0.9 metres Sun: Full to partial sun Water: Medium Wildlife: The flowers of New England Aster are pollinated by bees, butterflies, and skippers. Insects such as aphids and moth caterpillars as well as deer and turkey will feed on this plant. Bloom Colour: Purple Culture: Prefers moist to average soil consisting of loam or clay. Noteworthy Characteristics: This plant has hairy, erect stems with alternate leaves that get smaller going up the plant. The leaves are also hairy. The plant produces clusters of composite flowers with purple ray florets surrounding yellow disk florets. The flowers are not fragrant and eventually give way to achenes that are wind dispersed. Garden Uses: Butterfly garden