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Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Purple Dome’

Native Plants

Purple Dome New England Aster

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A Mt. Cuba Center Plant Introduction. Purple Dome New England aster 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, it’s 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 Solidago caesia, Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’, Rudbeckia fulgida, and Coreopsis grandiflora,  
‘Purple Dome’ 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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  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun 
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  • Soil Moisture
    average, moist 
  • Flowering Period
    early-fall, mid-fall
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