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Aster novae-angliae 'Alma Potchke'

New England Aster / Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Alma Pötschke'

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Clusters of showy, neon pink flowers are borne on tall, leafy stems. It’s a great accent to other purple and blue flowering asters, not to mention native grasses. Plant in groups or naturalized drifts in borders or meadows for the most impact. Asters are an important nectar source for late season butterflies and migrating Monarchs.


 

Benefits

Attracts butterflies
Striking color
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) and Aster 'Purple Dome' for a spectacular display in the fall. Plant in an area with good air circulation to prevent powdery mildew.


Height
30-40 Inches

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Spread
24-30 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
New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae), Goldenrod (Solidago rugosa), Tennessee Coneflower (Echinacea tennesseensis)

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Medium Perennials
Medium to Tall Grasses
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Sun
Soil
Acidic
Heavy clay
Humus-rich
Saline or alkaline
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Mammals
Reptiles
Bloom Time
Fall
Late Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Native Habitat
Grassland
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Border
Cut or dried flower
Drought tolerant
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