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Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Purple Dome'

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Purple Dome'

Synonym(s) Aster novae-angliae
Common name New England aster
Family asteraceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers purple (late summer)
Size 2'
Light sun
From seed self-seeds in our garden

Most of the asters we've ever purchased at late-season nursery sales have lasted a year or two before we unceremoniously dumped the ugly mildew-ridden things in the trash. Of the traditional asters, the only one we keep around now is the 'Purple Dome' variety. It too is not without its detractors, but in our garden it has been a good performer, making nice rounded blobs of color when they do their thing in late season, while staying nicely in the background before that time.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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