Symphyotrichum novae-angliae New England aster is native to most of the lower 48 states.
Symphyotrichum novi-belgii New York aster is a low-maintenance perennial for average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Plants grow 3-4′ high. The Novi-belgii species is valued for its compact growth habit, rich flower color, and floriferous tendancies.
‘Wood’s Purple’ flowers open over a long season, from late summer through fall. Low maintenance, mildew resistant, compact plants provide late-season nectar for pollinators. Selected for low-growing height, plants grow only 12″ tall and wide.
‘Alert’ has an especially compact habit with vivid deep crimson-red colored flowers with yellow centers. Plants grow 12-15″ high and wide.
Symphyotrichum novi-belgii is a larval host plant for caterpillars of the pearl crescent (Phyciodes tharos).