Aster novae-angliae 'Alma Potchke' - New England Aster
DESCRIPTIONNew England Aster
Aster novae-angliae 'Alma Potchke'
Clusters of showy, neon pink flowers are borne on tall, leafy stems. It’s a great accent to other purple and blue flowering asters, not to mention native grasses. Plant in groups or naturalized drifts in borders or meadows for the most impact. Asters are an important nectar source for late-season butterflies and migrating Monarchs.
- Attracts butterflies
- Striking color
- Does not need to be staked
- Good cut flower
- Grows in sun or light shade
Moist meadows, open woods, fields; Massachusetts and Vermont to North Dakota and Wyoming south to New Mexico and Virginia; Maine to the Rockies south to northern Texas and Georgia
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Monarchs east of the Rocky Mountains migrate to a mountainous area west of Mexico City. Butterflies gain energy from nectar plants like asters to fuel their long southward migration.
Plant in full sun or light shade in moist, well-drained soil. Mix with native grasses and goldenrods (Solidago) and Aster 'Purple Dome' for a spectacular display in the fall. Plant in an area with good air circulation to prevent powdery mildew.