New England Aster, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae
Lush, prolific flowering New England Aster is the purple crown of summer, providing important fall food for bees and insects of all kinds, including the caterpillar of the pearl crescent butterfly, to which it is host. Magnificent purple blooms stun the garden on this herbaceous shrub that can grow to six feet. This versatile plant can be pruned to a compact form or allowed wild abandon in the native garden. Low-maintenance and hardy. 50 seeds/2.50.