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Symphyotrichum novae-angliae [= Aster novae-angliae]

New England Aster, New England American-aster, Michaelmas-daisy

Scientific Name:

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae [= Aster novae-angliae]

Genus:

Symphyotrichum

Species Epithet:

novae-angliae

Common Name:

New England Aster, New England American-aster, Michaelmas-daisy

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Wet meadows, bogs, prairies. Weakley shows it as uncommon in NC Mountains and rare in the Piedmont, but Vascular Plants of NC says it is present only in the Mountains, and is declining due to wetland habitat loss.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

W1: Watch List: Rare but Relatively Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Purple ray flowers with yellow disk flowers. Cultivars available.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

https://nc.audubon.org/conservation/bird-friendly-communities/bird-friendly-native-plants

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/symphyotrichum-novae-angliae/

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/symphyotrichum/novae-angliae/



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