New England aster ‘Violetta’

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Violetta’ or New England aster ‘Violetta’. A slightly more familiar, although older, botanical name for this plant is Aster novae-angliae ‘Violetta’. This Asteraceae is native to nearly all areas of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains.

New England aster can grow up to 6 ft tall with 3 ft spreads under garden conditions. Plants are stout with leafy stems that produce, in the case of ‘Violetta’, bright violet-blue flowers with dark yellow centers. S. ‘Violetta’ blooms from August/September to October/November, attracting butterflies, honeybees, and native bees into the late fall months. Symphyotrichum novae-angliae can be susceptible to powdery mildew.

Botanical Name Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Violetta’
Common Name New England aster ‘Violetta’
Family Asteraceae
USDA Zone 4 thru 8
Light Requirement Full Sun to Part Shade
Season(s) of interest summer, fall
Height and Spread 4-5ft x 2-3ft (120-150cm x 60-90cm)
Flower Color Deep Purple with Yellow Centers
Attracts Wildlife Hosts Caterpillars of Butterflies/Moths, Attracts Pollinators,
Additional Information Cultivated Form of a Native Plant.
Location in Lurie Garden North Dark Plate

Average Flowering Time