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’|
|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|