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Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome'

A native aster for the fall garden

The New England aster graces our prairies with its rich purple flowers from late summer into autumn. It's a bit difficult to use because it's rather large, growing to 4' or 5' in height. Each plant has many flowers, 1-1/2" to 2" across, consisting of 40 to 50 rays surrounding a yellow center. Plant it in the back of the border or in a sunny native plant area. 

Aster novae-angliae
New England aster
Family: Aster (Asteraceae)
Type: Perennial

Mature Size:
3-5 feet

Shape:
upright
  Flower Color:
purple
  Bloom Season:
July-August
September-October
Exposure:
sun
  Soil Moisture:
moderate
  Zones:
4-8
attracts birds
attracts butterflies
native to the Midwest
  Landscape Use:
bedding or border
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