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New England aster

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New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Stéphane Bailleul)



Origin and description

Perennial native to Québec. This aster is the prettiest of our flora, according to Brother Marie-Victorin. Its abundant and prolonged flowering is an invaluable food source for a number of insects late in the season. Preferably this aster is planted thickly, as the base tends to become sparser.

Height: 50 to 150 cm
Width: 30 to 60 cm
Blooms: pink to dark violet, August to October
Attraction for wildlife: attracts pollinators and butterflies

Common name

New England aster

Latin name (genus)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

French common name

Botanical family

  • Asteraceae

Growing conditions

Exposure: sun, semi-shade
Soil type: fresh, well-drained
Observation: to be cultivated in a well-ventilated site to lessen fungal-disease problems. May require a stake.


  • Zone 3

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