New England aster

Symphyotrichum novaeangliae (New England aster) blooms generously starting in later summer and into early fall. 

Each flower has violet thread-like petals and bright yellow centers that slowly change to a delicate maroon. New England aster can get quite tall and might benefit from some support at full maturity. Loved by pollinators.

The Prairie Potawatomi used this plant as a fumigating reviver.

Botanical Name Symphyotrichum novae-angliae
Common Name New England aster
Family Asteraceae
USDA Zone 4 thru 8
Light Requirement Full Sun to Part Shade
Season(s) of interest summer, fall
Height and Spread 3-6ft x 2-3ft (90-180cm x 60-90cm)
Flower Color Purple with Yellow Centers
Attracts Wildlife Hosts Caterpillars of Butterflies/Moths, Attracts Pollinators,
Additional Information Native to Chicago Region.
Location in Lurie Garden Southeast Dark Plate

Average Flowering Time