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Aster Novi-Belgii- New York Aster

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The Aster Novi-Belgii, commonly referred to as a New York Aster, is a native wetlands plant. This flower is ideal for the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 4 through 8, which encompass most areas of the contiguous United States. It requires soil that is loa

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Aster Novi-Belgii- New York Aster

The Aster Novi-Belgii, commonly referred to as a New York Aster, is a native wetlands plant. This flower is ideal for the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 4 through 8, which encompass most areas of the contiguous United States. It requires soil that is loamy and wet or moist to grow. With the seeds typically sown in the spring and the seedlings planted in the summer, the New York Aster grows at a medium rate and reaches its mature size of 36 to 60 inches tall and 36 inches wide in the late summer or fall. The flowers are occasionally referred to as Michaelmas daisies, as they typically bloom around St. Michaels day in late September. A native to wetlands, the New York Aster grows best in open meadows, moist thickets, or lightly shaded woodlands, as it requires full sun in addition to moist soil. It also needs sufficient room to grow, as it spreads through rhizomes. The plant's roots grow horizontally through the soil and can produce shoots and root systems of a new Aster plant. It is resistant to deer and rabbits and attracts butterflies, birds, beetles, flies, and moths. The New York Aster is also a bee-friendly plant and provides pollen and nectar for the insects. Broken stems and leaves from the plant can leak sap that can be an irritant for people with sensitive skin. Blooming in a deep purple hue, the New York Aster is an upright perennial that has petals similar in appearance to a daisy, with the red or golden disc flower at the center. The flowers grow in clusters, with each flower producing between 15 and 25 ray flowers. The foliage of the New York Aster is green, with lance-shaped leaves that are narrow and smooth and clasp the stem.