Audubon® New England Aster
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Asters are abundant in our nation’s wild spaces and are vitally important to the ecosystems there. We can take that as a clue that our own wildlife-friendly gardens should not be without them. New England Aster is a particularly showy species loved by birds and butterflies. Its purple blooms, which make a splash in late summer and fall, attract pollinators of all stripes. Its foliage hosts various caterpillars and other small insects, which in turn feed insectivorous songbirds. Plus, its seeds nourish many bird species, such as chickadees, goldfinches, juncos, and towhees. A must-have for meadows, rain gardens, and native wildflower borders.
May Benefit & Attract: Chickadees, finches, and towhees.
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- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
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- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
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Recommended by Our Growers
Native to not only New England, but the Midwest as well, New England Aster has been cultivated in their country and abroad for over 300 years. Gardeners have found it to be a valuable Spirit in perennial borders, and over the years, they’ve selected various forms in different colors, shapes, and sizes to suit a more formal aesthetic. What we offer here is the unadulterated wild version, like you’d find growing in a sunny meadow, naturally. If you’ve ever come across a patch of wild New England Aster, glowing in the September sunshine, you know that no improvement is necessary!
In the wild, New England Aster often grows in conjunction with Goldenrod, and the two blooming together paint an unforgettable picture of purple and gold. You can recreate this tableau in your own backyard border with Showy Goldenrod as a partner. It’s a pretty picture… and a pollinator paradise!
How to Grow
New England Aster will look its best when a few simple practices are followed. First, be sure to plant it in full sun, in an open space with good air flow, and water it well during dry spells. These things will keep leaf diseases like powdery mildew at bay. Second, cut plants down by half when they reach two feet tall. This will produce a bushier plant that is less apt to flop later on. And finally, divide your Asters in spring if performance starts to decline. Just dig up chunks and replant, discarding any weak or woody sections. Cut spend plants to the ground in late winter or early spring.
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