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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.  

Benefits

  • 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.

 


Height
18-24 Inches

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Spread
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.

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

Characteristics & Attributes

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