New England Aster
Aster novae-angliae (Asteraceae)
A robust, hardy perennial native to the northeastern portion of the United States. The large rosy-lilac to deep purple flowers have distinct yellow centers found clustered at the end of branching stems. The long leaves clasp around the stiff, hairy stems which are numerous. Prefers full sun in moist, rich soil. Not the easiest variety to grow from seed but one of the most rewarding.
Average planting success with this species: 40%
Height: 2-6 feet
Germination: 21-45 days
Optimum soil temperature for germination: 65-75F
Sowing depth: Surface Sow
Blooming period: August-October
Average seeds per pound: 1,305,000
Seeding rate: 2 lbs. per acre
Suggested use: Low-lying areas, roadsides, mass plantings, margins of treelines.
Miscellaneous: The leaves, when crushed, release an aroma similar to turpentine. Plants can be divided easily in late fall and to retain vigor, should be done every two to three years.
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