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The pink and purple flowers of asters add color and height to the late summer garden. Due to their spreading habit they will naturalize when planted in the garden. A mid-spring trim will delay bloom time and help keep them restrained.

Latin Name

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae



Also Known As

Michaelmas Daisy

Type of Plant

Perennials Perennials

Bloom Season

August - October


Summer Summer
Fall Fall


Max height Max Height: 6'
Max spread Max Spread: 4'


  • Flower Border
  • Naturalize
  • Rain Garden

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade


  • Clay Soil

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies Butterflies


    Native Range

    Eastern North America

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator
    Sold at Mount Vernon Sold at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b

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