Aster novae-angliae (New England Aster)
Nothing bespeaks fall like New England Asters. This late bloomer, growing to five feet tall, is popular with the pollinators, particularly the Monarch butterfly. It dazzles in a variety of colors, from lavender, to violet, to shades of pink with centers of orange/yellow. When the plant is blooming, the lower leaves often dry and turn brown, but this is normal and not a cause for concern. It should be remembered that asters are self-seeders so vigilance is required. Removal of spent blooms before seeds develop would be a good plan for small gardens. New England Aster is drought-tolerant and deer-resistant. When the plant is blooming, the lower leaves can often dry up causing some to think the plant is dying or has disease. This is normal, so don't be alarmed. Drought tolerant and deer proof. Zones 3-8. Quarts.