New York Aster (Symphyotrichum movi-belgii)

New York Aster (Aster movi-belgii)

The New York Aster (Symphyotrichum movi-belgii), also called the Michaelmas Daisy, is a perennial forb/herb in the Aster Family (Asteraceae). Some authorities put this plant in the genus, Aster. The species name is Latin for "New Belgium," an early name for New York. This plant is conspicuous around French Hill Pond in the late summer and fall. It can grow to a height of five feet (1.5 meters).

The flower heads are from 1 to 1¼ inches (2.5 to 3 centimeters) in diameter and consist of 20 to 40 purple, ray flowers surrounding yellow to reddish disk flowers. Flowering is from July to October.

The leaves are alternate, lanceolate to linear and from two to six inches (5 to 15 centimeters) long. The upper leaves clasp the stem.

New York Aster

The fruit is a brown seed. There are 700,000 seeds to the pound (0.45 kilograms).

The root system is simple.

The New York Aster is cultivated as an ornamental in flower gardens.

 

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