Monday, October 13, 2008

New England Aster

Dying Bloom of the New England Aster

New England Aster Plant in Fall

Lots of Flowers on this New England Aster Plant!

This summer, in the large field of goldenrod in back of our house, I noticed a lot of purple flowers that I hadn't seen around before. They were purple with yellow centers and stood about 4 feet tall and looked stunning in amongst the yellow goldenrod. Diana thought that they were a type of aster, but she also thought that asters didn't grow so tall. A search showed that she was right! They are New England asters, and they grow taller than most other asters. The scientific name for the New England aster is Symphyotrichum novae-angliae.

Since we identified these earlier this year, I have seen them everywhere! I am not surprised because New England asters are common in everywhere in North America east of the Rocky Mountains with the exception of the far north and a few areas of the deep south with particularly hot climates. Those are also the areas where the New England aster is a native plant. You can find the New England aster in other areas where it has been introduced as an ornamental plant.

1. poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)
2. red maple (Acer rubrum)
3. Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)
4. staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)
5. common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
6. New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

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