Symphyotrichum novae-angliae
New England aster
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Native to eastern United States; introduced as an ornamental and occasionally escaping in the Pacific Northwest.

Habitat: Roadsides and disturbed areas where somewhat moist.

Flowers: July-September

Origin: Introduced

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Stout perennial from a very short, thick rhizome and numerous fibrous roots, the stems 5-20 dm. tall, clustered.


Leaves lanceolate, pointed, 5-13 cm. long and 1-4 cm. wide, entire, sessile and clasping, slightly reduced upward, the lower early-deciduous.


Inflorescence open, with several large heads; involucre glandular, the bracts somewhat leafy; disk flowers numerous, yellow; rays 45-100, bright pink-purple; pappus of numerous capillary bristles.


Achenes densely hairy.

Accepted Name:
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (L.) G.L. Nesom
Publication: Phytologia. 77: 287. 1995. 1995.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Aster novae-angliae L. [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Symphyotrichum novae-angliae in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Symphyotrichum novae-angliae checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Symphyotrichum novae-angliae atlas page.

CalPhotos: Symphyotrichum novae-angliae photos.

USDA Plants: Symphyotrichum novae-angliae information.

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