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Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome'

New England Aster / Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Purple Dome'

‘Purple Dome’ was selected because of its compact size and abundant blossoms. In late August or early September the plant is covered with deep purple flowers that are a butterfly magnet. This is a great fall blooming plant for the border front or butterfly garden and it would also make a fine edger.  


  • Attracts butterflies
  • Compact size
  • Does not need to be staked
  • Good cut flower
  • Grows in sun or light shade

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Plant in full sun or light shade in moist, well-drained soil. Mix with native grasses and goldenrods (Solidago) for a spectacular display in the fall. Place in an area with good air circulation to prevent powdery mildew.


18-24 Inches


24-36 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Native Range

Moist meadows, open woods, fields; Massachusetts and Vermont to North Dakota and Wyoming south to New Mexico and Virginia; Maine to the Rockies south to northern Texas and Georgia

Distribution Maps by State and County

Native Trivia

Monarchs east of the Rocky Mountains migrate to a mountainous area west of Mexico City. Butterflies gain energy from nectar plants like asters to fuel their long southward migration.

"Asters are a great source of nectar for migrating monarchs and other late season butterflies."

Good Companions
White Doll's Daisy (Boltonia asteroides), Woodland Aster (Aster divaricatus), Goldenrod (Solidago rugosa), White Doll's Daisy (Boltonia asteroides)

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Low Perennials
  • Medium to Tall Grasses
  • Filtered Shade
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Sun
  • Heavy clay
  • Well-drained
  • Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
  • Moist
  • Moist but well-drained
  • Wet
Attracts Wildlife
  • Butterflies
  • Songbirds
Bloom Time
  • Fall
  • Late Summer
Critter Resistance
  • Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
  • Butterfly
  • Songbird
  • Wet Sun
Native Habitat
  • Grassland
Foliage Color
  • Green
  • Border
  • Cut or dried flower
  • Edging
  • Mass plant
  • Meadow
  • Naturalizes
Native to
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming