Common Name: New England aster
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
Spread: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Bloom Time: August to September
Bloom Description: Royal purple
Sun: Full sun
Suggested Use: Rain Garden
Flower: Showy, Good Cut
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
Tolerate: Clay Soil
Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun.
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, commonly called New England aster, is a Missouri native perennial which occurs in moist prairies, meadows, thickets, low valleys and stream banks (Steyermark) throughout the State. It is a stout, leafy plant typically growing 3-6' tall with a robust, upright habit. Features a profuse bloom of daisy-like asters (to 1.5" diameter) with purple rays and yellow centers from late summer to early fall. Rough, hairy, lance-shaped leaves (to 4" long) clasp stiff, hairy stems. Flowers are attractive to butterflies.
Specific epithet means of New England, USA.
'Purple Dome' typically grows 18-24" tall and up to 3' wide with a low, bushy habit. Features a profuse bloom of dark purple flowers (to 1.5" across) which can entirely cover the plant with bloom from mid-August until early October. No staking is required.
No serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to powdery mildew.
Low habit makes this a good fall blooming plant for the border front or butterfly garden. Also useful as an edger.