Symphyotrichum (Aster) novae-angliae 'Hella Lacy'

New England Aster

Tips for Homeowners:

Pinch plants before mid-summer to make more bushy or staking may be necessary. Divide every 2-4 years. Remove old flowers if seedlings are unwanted.

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This long-blooming perennial adds great late season color in the garden and has good resistance to mildew.

  • A favorite for color in the fall
  • Loads of small purplish daisy flowers
  • Good mildew resistance

Best used in areas where it can naturalized or in the perennial border.

Height: 4-6 ft
Spread: 2-3 ft
Zone: 4-8
Color: Purple, Violet

Interesting Notes about New England Aster:

The species is a well-known native perennial found in moist, well-drained soils where there is good air circulation. It does have a tendency for powdery mildew if the air circulation is poor or it is kept too dry for too long. The flowers provide an excellent nectar source for its pollinators in the fall.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Garden
  • Cut Flower/ Foliage
  • Naturalizing
  • Mass Planting
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Border or Bed
  • Long Blooming

Foliage Color:

  • Green


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Humming-birds
  • Attracts Songbirds
  • Attracts Butterflies

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer
  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water