new classification: Symphyotrichum novae-angliae
This North American native species has showy masses of frilly light purple/violet, 1 1/2 inch flowers on tall strong stems forming a ‘bushy’ plant. New England Aster is a good candidate for restorations, wildlife habitat, prairie landscaping and wetlands.
As a late-season source of both pollen and nectar, asters provide the last opportunity to for many bee colonies to forage. Aster pollen serves as an important late season food source for a variety of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators including the next generation of bumblebee queens foraging prior to entering winter dormancy.
Rate: 1 oz./300 sq.ft.
Bloom time: Late Summer to Fall