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Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (L.) G.L. Nesom

Aster novae-angliae

Aster novae-angliae L.

Lasallea novae-angliae (L.) Semple & L. Brouillet

Virgulus novae-angliae (L.) Reveal & Keener

New England Aster

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderAsteralesFlowering plants with a central disk flower and surrounding petals, like daisies
FamilyAsteraceaeThe aster family, which also includes daisies and sunflowers; from the Greek ἀστήρ, “star,” for the star-shaped flowers
GenusSymphyotrichumFrom Greek symphysis, “borne together or growing together, coalescing,” and trichinos, “hair, a single hair”
Speciesnovae-angliae“New England”

About plant names...

New England aster is native to most of North America. They are usually among the more brightly colored asters.

Identification: Plants are up to 4' (1.2 m) high. Stems are erect, strong, and sparsely hairy. Leaves are alternate, hairy, spatula-shaped, lanceolate or oblong, with their bases slightly wrapped around the stem (“clasping”). They are usually smooth, but may have shallow teeth, and are ¾-3" (2-8 cm) × ⅛-⅞" (5-25 mm). Attractive flowers occur in dense, highly branched clusters atop the plants. Each flower is ¾-1½" (1.9-3.8 cm) around, and consists of a yellow-orange disk flower in the center, surrounded by 45-100 thin ray flowers that are deep, vibrant purple, pale purple, or pink. They flower from August to September.

See our aster comparison table here. Or check Arieh Tel’s well-researched and informative aster comparison site.

Medical: Plants may cause a contact dermatitis.

Online References:

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae at Illinois Wildflowers

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae on the Connecticut Botanical Society's Connecticut wildflowers site

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae on Southeastern Flora, the Southeastern U.S. Plant Identification Resource

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae on the USDA Plants Database

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae at the University of Wisconsin's Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae on eFloras

References:

Clemants, Steven; Gracie, Carol, Wildflowers in the Field and Forest, Oxford University Press, 2006, p. 20

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England Aster)

9/28/2013 · Wild Gardens of Acadia, Acadia Naitonal Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 6 × 8" (14 × 20 cm)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England Aster)

9/16/2016 · Sieur de Monts Botanical Gardens, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England Aster)

5/21/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton, MA
≈ 4½ × 4" (11 × 10 cm)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England Aster)

9/24/2010 · Nissitissit River Wildlife Management Area, Pepperell, MA
≈ 4½ × 3" (11 × 7.9 cm)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England Aster)

9/16/2016 · Sieur de Monts Botanical Gardens, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England Aster)

9/28/2013 · Wild Gardens of Acadia, Acadia Naitonal Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 7 × 4" (16 × 10 cm)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 4 Oct 2013.

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Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England Aster)

9/17/2016 · By Susan M. Kent
≈ 5½ × 3½' (1.7 × 1.2 m)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England Aster)

9/20/2008 · MOFTA Fair, Unity, ME

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England Aster)

10/2/2010 · Brewster, NY
≈ 11 × 7" (27 × 18 cm)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England Aster)

9/24/2009 · Scarborough Marsh, Scarborough, ME

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England Aster)

9/14/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 4½ × 3" (11 × 7.9 cm) ID is uncertain

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England Aster)

5/21/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton, MA
≈ 14 × 9" (35 × 23 cm)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England Aster)

9/24/2010 · Nissitissit River Wildlife Management Area, Pepperell, MA
≈ 5 × 8" (13 × 19 cm)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England Aster)

9/19/2009 · Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 4 × 5" (10 × 12 cm)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England Aster)

9/18/2009

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England Aster)

9/15/2016 · Cadillac Mountain Summit, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England Aster)

9/20/2009 · Wild Gardens of Acadia, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 10 × 8" (25 × 20 cm)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England Aster)

9/18/2009 · Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 5 × 3" (12 × 8.3 cm)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England Aster)

9/14/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 9.2 cm)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England Aster)

9/18/2009 · Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 2½ × 2" (6.5 × 5.6 cm)

Range: Zones 4-8:

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