Symphyotrichum novae-angliae Grand heights of 4-6' tall! North American native with freely branching sprays of brightly colored flowers decorate the autumn landscape throughout the Northeast. Colors range from blue-purple to lavender-pink with yellow eyes.
Asters add hardy grace to the back of the wild border and will naturalize on banks or in the meadow. Cut back slightly in early to mid June to induce an abundance of 1½-2" rayed blooms from late August into October. Deer usually don’t eat them.
Provides a late-season source of nectar for hungry pollinators. Plant 12-18" apart in light moist humusy soil in full sun with good air circulation. MOFGA-certified organic. Grown at Ripley Farm. Z3. Maine Grown. (bare-root crowns)
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Herbaceous Perennial Plants
When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. If they are slightly dry, add a little water or, if they are going to be potted up soon, wet the roots. Generally, a little surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. If you cannot pot them up immediately, store them in a cool (35–40°) location for a short time.
Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors.
Pot up the rootstock using well-drained potting mix in a deep 6" pot or a 1-gallon container. Avoid coiling the roots in under-sized containers. Grow newly potted perennials for a few weeks in a protected location in indirect light at 50–60°. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting. Transplant outside once they show some top growth and the danger of frost has passed.