New England aster ‘Violetta’

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