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Hairy Michaelmas Daisy

Aster novae-angliae

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Also in this family:
Alpine Blue Sow-thistle, Alpine Cotula, Alpine Fleabane, Alpine Saw-wort, Annual Ragweed, Annual Sunflower, Argentine Fleabane, Autumn Hawkbit, Autumn Oxeye, Beaked Hawksbeard, Beggarticks, Bilbao Fleabane, Black Knapweed, Black-eyed Susan, Blanketflower, Blue Fleabane, Blue Globe-thistle, Bristly Oxtongue, Broad-leaved Cudweed, Broad-leaved Ragwort, Brown Knapweed, Butterbur, Buttonweed, Cabbage Thistle, Canadian Fleabane, Canadian Goldenrod, Carline Thistle, Chalk Knapweed, Chamois Ragwort, Changing Michaelmas Daisy, Chicory, Chinese Mugwort, Chinese Ragwort, Coltsfoot, Common Blue Sow-thistle, Common Cat's-ear, Common Cudweed, Common Daisy, Common Dandelion, Common Fleabane, Common Goldenrod, Common Groundsel, Common Michaelmas Daisy, Common Mugwort, Common Ragwort, Common Wormwood, Coneflower, Confused Michaelmas Daisy, Corn Chamomile, Corn Marigold, Cornflower, Cotton Thistle, Cottonweed, Creeping Thistle, Daisy Bush, Dwarf Cudweed, Dwarf Thistle, Early Goldenrod, Eastern Groundsel, Eastern Leopardsbane, Elecampane, English Hawkweed, Fen Ragwort, Feverfew, Field Fleawort, Field Wormwood, Fox and Cubs, French Tarragon, Gallant Soldier, Garden Lettuce, Giant Butterbur, Glabrous-headed Hawkweed, Glandular Globe-thistle, Glaucous Michaelmas Daisy, Globe Artichoke, Globe-thistle, Goat's Beard, Golden Ragwort, Golden Samphire, Goldilocks Aster, Grass-leaved Goldenrod, Great Lettuce, Greater Burdock, Greater Knapweed, Grey-headed Hawkweed, Guernsey Fleabane, Hairless Blue Sow-thistle, Hairless Leptinella, Harpur Crewe's Leopardsbane, Hawkweed Oxtongue, Heath Cudweed, Heath Groundsel, Hemp Agrimony, Highland Cudweed, Hoary Mugwort, Hoary Ragwort, Hybrid Knapweed, Intermediate Burdock, Irish Fleabane, Jersey Cudweed, Jerusalem Artichoke, Lance-leaved Hawkweed, Lavender-cotton, Leafless Hawksbeard, Least Lettuce, Leopardplant, Leopardsbane, Leptinella, Lesser Burdock, Lesser Hawkbit, Lesser Sunflower, London Bur-marigold, Magellan Ragwort, Marsh Cudweed, Marsh Hawksbeard, Marsh Ragwort, Marsh Sow-thistle, Marsh Thistle, Meadow Thistle, Melancholy Thistle, Mexican Fleabane, Milk Thistle, Mountain Everlasting, Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Musk Thistle, Narrow-leaved Cudweed, Narrow-leaved Hawkweed, Narrow-leaved Michaelmas Daisy, Narrow-leaved Ragwort, New England Hawkweed, New Zealand Holly, Nipplewort, Nodding Bur-marigold, Northern Hawksbeard, Norwegian Mugwort, Oxeye Daisy, Oxford Ragwort, Pearly Everlasting, Perennial Cornflower, Perennial Ragweed, Perennial Sow-thistle, Perennial Sunflower, Pineapple Mayweed, Plantain-leaved Leopardsbane, Ploughman's Spikenard, Plymouth Thistle, Pontic Blue Sow-thistle, Pot Marigold, Prickly Lettuce, Prickly Sow-thistle, Purple Coltsfoot, Rayed Tansy, Red Star Thistle, Red-seeded Dandelion, Red-tipped Cudweed, Robin's Plantain, Roman Chamomile, Rough Cocklebur, Rough Hawkbit, Rough Hawksbeard, Russian Lettuce, Safflower, Salsify, Saw-wort, Scented Mayweed, Scentless Mayweed, Sea Aster, Sea Mayweed, Sea Wormwood, Seaside Daisy, Shaggy Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Shaggy Soldier, Shasta Daisy, Shetland Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Shrub Ragwort, Sicilian Chamomile, Silver Ragwort, Slender Mugwort, Slender Thistle, Small Cudweed, Small Fleabane, Smooth Cat's-ear, Smooth Hawksbeard, Smooth Sow-thistle, Sneezeweed, Sneezewort, Spear Thistle, Spotted Cat's-ear, Spotted Hawkweed, Sticky Groundsel, Stinking Chamomile, Stinking Hawksbeard, Tall Fleabane, Tall Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Tansy, Thin-leaved Sunflower, Treasureflower, Trifid Bur-marigold, Tuberous Thistle, Tyneside Leopardplant, Viper's Grass, Wall Lettuce, Welsh Groundsel, Welted Thistle, White African Daisy, White Butterbur, White Buttons, Willdenow's Leopardsbane, Winter Heliotrope, Wood Burdock, Wood Ragwort, Woody Fleabane, Woolly Thistle, Yarrow, Yellow Chamomile, Yellow Fox and Cubs, Yellow Oxeye, Yellow Star Thistle, Yellow Thistle, York Groundsel
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
3 metres tall
Fields, gardens, meadows, riverbanks, roadsides, wasteland, woodland.

Purple, many petals
The flowers are usually deep pinkish-purple with a yellow centre and daisy-like. Flowers are rarely white.
The fruit is an achene.
The foliage is stickily hairy. The lance-shaped leaves are untoothed and clasp the stem. The leaves measure up to 4 inches (10cm) long. Perennial.
Other Names:
Michaelmas Daisy, New England Aster.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

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Other Information


Aster novae-angliae, also known as New England aster, is a species of perennial wildflower in the Asteraceae family. It is native to North America, and it is typically found growing in meadows, prairies, and open woods. The plant typically grows to a height of 1-3 m (3-10 ft) and produces showy, daisy-like flowers with yellow or orange centers and purple or pink petals. The leaves are long and narrow, and they are arranged alternately on the stem. The plant blooms from late summer to fall, and its flowers are attractive to butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. It is often used in gardens and landscaping for its attractive flowers and is also used in wildflower seed mixtures for the restoration of native habitats. Cultivars of this species come in many different colors and sizes.


Hairy Michaelmas Daisy, also known as Aster novae-angliae, is a beautiful perennial plant that is native to North America. It is named after the Greek word 'aster,' which means star, and the Latin words 'novae-angliae,' which mean New England. Hairy Michaelmas Daisy blooms in late summer and early autumn, producing masses of small, star-shaped flowers in shades of pink, purple, and white.

The plant is characterized by its hairy stems, leaves, and flowerheads, which give it a unique and attractive appearance. The leaves are lance-shaped and toothed, with a rough texture that is covered in small hairs. The stems are also hairy and are often reddish in color.

Hairy Michaelmas Daisy prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. It is a hardy plant that can tolerate a range of soil types, including clay, loam, and sand. It is also relatively drought-tolerant once established, making it a good choice for low-maintenance gardens.

One of the most appealing aspects of Hairy Michaelmas Daisy is its ability to attract pollinators, including bees and butterflies. The nectar-rich flowers are a valuable source of food for these beneficial insects, making the plant a great addition to any garden or naturalized area.

In terms of cultivation, Hairy Michaelmas Daisy is a relatively easy plant to grow. It can be propagated from seed or by division in spring or autumn. It benefits from regular deadheading to encourage more blooms and should be cut back to the ground in late autumn or early winter.

Hairy Michaelmas Daisy is a versatile plant that can be used in a variety of garden settings. It works well in borders and mixed plantings, where it can provide a splash of late-season color. It also makes an excellent cut flower, with long stems that are ideal for creating floral arrangements.

Hairy Michaelmas Daisy is a member of the Asteraceae family, which includes many other popular garden plants such as sunflowers, daisies, and coneflowers. It is one of the tallest and most vigorous asters, often reaching heights of up to 5 feet, which makes it a great choice for adding height and structure to a garden.

This plant has a long history of medicinal use by Native Americans, who used it to treat a variety of ailments, including colds, fevers, and digestive issues. The plant contains compounds that have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which make it a valuable medicinal herb.

In addition to its ornamental and medicinal uses, Hairy Michaelmas Daisy has also been used in ecological restoration projects to help restore native plant communities. Its deep roots help to stabilize soil, prevent erosion, and improve soil health, making it an important plant for ecosystem restoration efforts.

Hairy Michaelmas Daisy is not only a beautiful and useful plant, but it also has a cultural significance. It is the birth flower for those born in September, which is appropriate considering the plant's blooming season falls during this month.

Additionally, Hairy Michaelmas Daisy has been a popular subject in art and literature for centuries. In traditional Japanese art, the plant is often depicted as a symbol of autumn and the changing of seasons. In Western literature, it has been referenced in numerous poems and novels, including Emily Dickinson's "The Aster" and Willa Cather's "My Antonia."

As a garden plant, Hairy Michaelmas Daisy is relatively easy to care for. It prefers a moist but well-drained soil and will benefit from regular watering during dry periods. It is also important to provide the plant with adequate air circulation to prevent disease.

One of the unique features of Hairy Michaelmas Daisy is its ability to naturalize and spread. While this can be an advantage in some situations, it is important to monitor the plant and prevent it from becoming invasive in areas where it is not native.

Hairy Michaelmas Daisy is not only a stunning plant, but it is also known for its resilience and adaptability. It can thrive in a range of growing conditions and is resistant to many pests and diseases.

In terms of plant companions, Hairy Michaelmas Daisy pairs well with other late-season bloomers, such as Goldenrod, Sedum, and Russian Sage. These plants create a beautiful tapestry of color and texture that can last well into the fall.

If you're interested in attracting even more pollinators to your garden, consider planting Hairy Michaelmas Daisy in combination with other native plants that bloom at different times throughout the growing season. This will provide a continuous source of food and habitat for bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.

While Hairy Michaelmas Daisy is a hardy and reliable plant, it is important to keep an eye out for powdery mildew, a common fungal disease that can affect asters. To prevent this, make sure the plant is well-spaced and has good air circulation, and avoid overhead watering.

In summary, Hairy Michaelmas Daisy is a versatile and resilient plant that is sure to add beauty and interest to any garden. Its stunning flowers, adaptability, and cultural significance make it a popular choice for gardeners and nature lovers alike. Whether you're looking to create a pollinator garden, add some late-season color, or simply appreciate the beauty of nature, Hairy Michaelmas Daisy is a plant that is definitely worth considering.