New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) is a large, summer-blooming perennial.
It’s characteristic aster flowerheads sport vibrant purple petals, with bright yellow flower centers. You’ll often see bees and butterflies of all shapes and sizes bumbling around these flowers.
All true asters are host plants for the Pearl Crescent butterfly’s eggs and caterpillars. New England aster is the showiest of Ohio’s asters with more petals than other asters, and they can grow in just about any setting.
Where else can you see this plant growing at the Arboretum?
Look for New England aster in the Wildflower Garden and in the meadows nearby Corning Lake.