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Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Purple Dome’

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Purple Dome New England Aster

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A Mt. Cuba Center Plant Introduction. Purple Dome New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Purple Dome’) is a refined plant for the garden border with its symmetrical, compact mounded form reaching only 2’ tall. In early autumn, it is covered with dense clusters of purple, daisy-like, semi-double flowers. While this aster can have late season foliar problems, its dense floral displays and short stature make up for this shortcoming. Purple Dome New England aster grows in sun to filtered shade and performs best in moist, well-drained soil, though it is tolerant of short dry periods. It combines well with blue-stemmed goldenrod (Solidago caesia), Fireworks wrinkle-leaf goldenrod (Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’), black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida), and large flower tickseed(Coreopsis grandiflora),. Formerly known as Aster novae-angliae ‘Purple Dome’. Zones 5-8. 

‘Purple Dome New England aster was first observed along Pennsylvania Route 100 below Allentown, PA by Robert G. Seip of Lennilea Farm and given to Mt. Cuba Center who introduced it in 1989. 

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