Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Purple Dome'
Exposure: Full sun
Growth Rate: Slow to moderate
Bloom Time/Color: August-October; purple
Uses: Massing, specimen, prairies,
Other: Cut flower, native
New England asters are prized for their vivid splash of color in autumn and 'Purple Dome' glows in the perennial border. Masses of purple disk flowers with yellow centers cover plants by late summer and attract butterflies and other pollinators. Flowers sit on top of narrow, hairy medium-green leaves and benefit from being pinched back one or two times during the spring/summer months to promote fall blooms. 'Purple Dome' is more compact/stout than its native cousins, does not need staking, and grows best in moist, well-drained soils. They are also tolerant of clay soils. Good cut flower.