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Symphyotrichum novae-angliae
New England aster

Distribution: Occurring in scattered locations on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; southwestern British Columbia to Oregon, east to the Rocky Mountains; native from central North America east to the Atlantic Coast.

Habitat: Roadsides and disturbed areas where somewhat moist.

Flowers: July-September

Origin: Introduced from central and eastern North America

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees, flies, butterflies


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.

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.

OregonFlora: Symphyotrichum novae-angliae information.

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

CalPhotos: Symphyotrichum novae-angliae photos.

USDA Plants: Symphyotrichum novae-angliae information.

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