Aster, New England
Pollinator value: Very High. Special value to native bees; monarch nectar source; larval host for Checkerspot and Pearl Crescent butterflies (wildflower.org).
Among the showiest of the asters. Burst of late-summer early-fall blooms in varying shades of purple, pink and white.
Abundance of rays surrounding a yellow center. Prune in June for a shorter plant.