Prefers moist soil to wet-mesic conditions. Species has limited inundation
tolerance. Germinating seedlings are killed by 2 days of inundation. Mature
plants appear to tolerate short periods of shallow flooding in natural areas but
not in reconstructed wet areas.
Provides waterfowl cover. Attracts butterflies and honeybees.
Used on moderate side slopes in prairie matrix. Used in upper shoreline zones
and for upland slope buffer stabilization.
Availability, Establishment, and Maintenance
Transplants, achenes, and rootstocks are available from several commercial
Fresh achenes or achenes stored dry produce 95-100% germination in 3-8
days. Moist stratification of fresh achenes benefits germination. Drill or
broadcast achenes in the fall and cover them lightly with soil for natural
Mature plants may be divided in late fall or early spring. Pinching back
young growth before July will cause plants to bush out. Spring cuttings of
1.5-2 inches may be rooted in sand.
An April-May drawdown stimulates seed germination and plant growth. New
England Aster can be aggressive and form monocultures.
New England Aster Aster novae-angliae
Nutrient Load Tolerance
Flowering Color and Time
Violet/purple, yellow center
-greenhouse grown plants may vary in color
August to October-