Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Aster novae-angliae - New England Aster

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

To view the natural range of Smooth Blue Aster visit the USDSA Natural Resources Conservation Service website
bee on Aster novae-angliae
Aster novae-angliae providing late fall nourishment

Wildlife Significance

Provides Late Fall Pollen - As a source of protein for:long-tongued bees, bee flies, short-tongue bees and Syrphid flies

Bumble Bees - Assists  Queen Bumble Bees in their quest to build pollen reserves for winter

Host Plant - Leaves are food for the Caterpillars of Pear Crescent Butterfly

Provides Late Fall Nectar - Butterflies and skippers

Seed - Wild Turkeys

Deer - Mammals are not fond of New England Aster

For detailed information visit the Illinois Wildflower website

New England Aster
In full bloom
Seed Provenance - Volunteer NOG 2012 - Collect and select 2013 to present
New England Aster
New England Aster
Young New England Aster plants
Young New England Aster
Cultivation Information
Height - 4 ft - 5 ft
Flower Color
- Purple
Blooms - August - September
Sun - Sun/part sun

Hardy Zone -

Soil - Moist
pH -
Family -Asteraceae
New England seed ready for harvest
New England Aster seed ready for harvest - fall 2015