New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

A perennial that has leafy stems, leaves hairy; a robust, autumn- blooming aster with thick clusters of pink to dark purple flowers with yellow centers; blooms from mid-August to mid-October. Found across Canada; Vermont to Alabama, west to North Dakota, Wyoming and New Mexico on moist to mesic sandy areas, moist meadows, stream banks, roadsides, open woods and fields. Best in full sun, tolerates partial shade; moist to mesic soils.