New England Aster

 The Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, more commonly known as the New England aster, adds a gorgeous touch of color to the garden.  The deep pink/purple shades and yellow centers attract butterflies and provide a magnificent contrast to the typical fall perennial border.  If you’re still not impressed, here’s some food for thought: the genus name comes from the Greek words “symph,” which means “coming together,” and “trich,” which means “hair.”


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