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New England Aster|
Aster novae-angliae (Asteraceae)
A robust, hardy perennial native to the northeastern portion of the United States. The large rosy-lilac to deep purple flowers have distinct yellow centers found clustered at the end of branching stems. The long leaves clasp around the stiff, hairy stems which are numerous. Prefers full sun in moist, rich soil. Not the easiest variety to grow from seed but one of the most rewarding.
Average planting success with this species: 40%