Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Violetta'
New England aster 'Violetta'
A clump-forming herbaceous perennial, up to 1.6m high, with strong woody stems and lance-shaped green leaves. Clustered, daisy-like, rich violet flowerheads, with orange-brown discs, are borne in autumn
SynonymsAster novae-angliae 'Violetta'
Ultimate height1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread0.5–1 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
|Autumn||Green||Brown Orange Purple||Green|
- Full sun
- Partial shade
South–facing or North–facing or East–facing or West–facing
ExposureExposed or Sheltered
- Native to the UK
- Clump forming
Symphyotrichum includes around 90 species of annuals, biennials and perennials, mostly spread through the Americas, that were formerly included within the genus Aster. Leaves are simple, lance-shaped and entire, but it is their daisy-like flowerheads that they are grown for; central disc florets are typically yellow, surrounded by strap-shaped ray florets in shades of pink, blue, purple or white
- Name status
How to grow
Grow in rich, fertile, moisture-retentive soil, in full sun if the soil remains moist throughout the growing season, or in partial shade; mulch every year after cutting down in late autumn. As one of the taller cultivars, it may require support - see staking perennials
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Prairie planting
- City and courtyard gardens
- Cottage and informal garden
- Flower borders and beds
- Cut flowers
No pruning required, except cutting stems close to the ground in late autumn
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