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Aster novae-angliae

Common Name of Species: New England Aster
Family: Asteraceae

Entry Author:  C. Friedl, Muhlenberg College
Description: New England asters can be identified by their extremely numerous flower rays, 35-45 a head, hairy stems, and clasping, numerous, lance-shaped leaves. 

Leaves are 1 ˝ - 5 inches in length, lance-shaped, pointed at the tip and toothless.  Lower leaves clasp at stem, and are hairy.  Less than 1 inch wide.
Flowers are 1-2 inches wide, with 35-45 lavender to purplish-blue rays surrounded by a yellowish disk. 
Stems are erect, and do not branch nor have hair.
Branching Pattern:  Leaves grow alternate to one another.  

3-7 feet tall.
Wet thickets, meadows and swamps.
Can be found South of Maine and Quebec, and East of Texas in North America.

Niering, W.A., Olmstead, N.C, & Thieret, J.W. (2001). National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers Eastern Region (Revised Edition).  New York: Random House Inc.

Newcomb, Lawrence (1977).  Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide.  New York: Little, Brown.

McKenny, M. & Peterson R.T. (1996). Peterson Field Guides: Wildflowers Northeastern/ North-central North America. New York: Houghton Mifflin.

USDA, NRCS (2004). Plants Database, Version 3.05 (  National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874 USA.


This page was created by: C. Friedl, Muhlenberg College
Last updated 11/10/05