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New England Aster (Aster novae-anglaie) 6940

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This Ontario native is irresistible to songbirds, pollinators and butterflies. Its showy 3.75 cm (1.5") wide violet-purple blooms with yellow-orange eyes appear from mid August through to deep October. Enjoys full sun but will also grow in partial shade and is most often found in moist soils in open fields, fence rows, forest borders and meadows. Plants range from 60-120 cm (2-4') in height. Often during flowering, lower leaves on the stem shrivel and dry up - this is common and nothing to be alarmed about. Perennial hardy to Zone 3.

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2400 seeds/gram. Sow seed indoors in early March no more than 3 mm (1/8") deep in a soil-less growing medium. Moisten the growing medium then place the container in a refrigerator or freezer for 2-3 weeks before bringing it back into the warmth. Keep at 20 C (70 F) for the 21 to 35 plus day germination period. After that grow on under lights at a slightly cooler temperature before hardening off and planting out in a sunny or semi-shaded site. Direct fall sowing outside is also very effective as this allows any dormant seed to be naturally stratified during the winter. It generally takes two years for this plant to flower when grown from seed.
Late Summer
Perennial
Start Indoors or Sow Direct in Fall
21 to 35 or more
Full Sun to Partial Sun
Sturdy
Winter Hardy
Prior Experience Beneficial
Native of Ontario
Asteraceae
Aster novae-angliae
Another must have in the pollinator and/or butterfly gardens.
Essential in native grass/forb prairie seed blends.
Back of the border plant in perennial gardens.
Excellent plant for late season colour.
Many native plants produce seed that is viable but dormant. This means that while the seed has all the internal structures and nutrients required to germinate, the seed coat is so hard, water cannot pass through it and initiate germination. When seed is in this state, it is known as being dormant. Seed dormancy is a naturally selected for trait that protects the seed of many plants allowing them to safely overwinter and then be ready to sprout in more favourable conditions in spring.
The remedy to naturally breaking seed dormancy is typically the passing of time. In particular, seed overwintering outside and experiencing the natural freeze thaw cycles that occur in late fall, winter and early spring. To artificially break seed dormancy, sow the seed in a soil-less mix, water than chill in a refrigerator for a set period of time. This dormancy breaking process is called stratification.
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