New England Aster

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae Asteraceae

Growth habit

Herbaceous

Native distribution

Native to the Finger Lakes Region, VT to AL, West to ND, WY, and NM

Biocultural value

Iroquois alleviated fevers by drinking a strong tea made with the dried roots and leaves. The dried roots of this and other species were smoked in pipes to attract game.

Location

Mundy Wildflower Garden, Robison Herb Garden, Coy Glen, Edwards Lake Cliffs Preserve, McLean Bogs, Eames Bog, Salt Road Fen, Ringwood Ponds, South Hill Swamp

Source of plant

Krissy Boys, Gradina Botanica A Institutului Agronomic

Description

Perennial reaching 6 1/2' in height, from a woody root crown or thick rhizome, sometimes creeping. Stems clustered, the upper part much-branched, hairy, glandular, the lower leaves early deciduous, the others sessile and auriculate-clasping, lanceolate, to 5" long, entire, scabrous, or with stiff hairs above, and softer hairs beneath. Flowers heads to 2" across, crowded towards the ends of the branches in corymbose clusters, ray flowers usually deep violet-purple, but variable.

USDA Hardiness Zone

2

Special characteristics

medicinal/pharmaceutical, other ethnobotanical uses

Status

L4|S5|G5