New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novaeangliae)
This tall perennial aster produces hundreds of large violet purple to deep purple flowers with yellow centers in Sept. and Oct. The flowers are a favorite nectar source for migrating monarch butterflies. Praying mantises like to catch butterflies on them!
Height: 30 to 60 inches
Spread: 24 to 48 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Medium Sun/Average Shade
Typical Landscape Use: Use in the back of the garden for late season color and to attract butterflies. Grows well in native plant gardens or in damp prairies.
Establishment and Care Instructions
They grow best in fertile soil with constant moisture. Pinch garden plants back three or four times before Aug. 15th to keep them more compact.