Michaelmas daisy 'Fellowship' Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Fellowship'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
Michaelmas daisy 'Fellowship'


'Fellowship' is an upright perennial to 90cm tall, with narrow leaves and sprays of double, clear pink flowers to 6cm wide in autumn

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      New York Aster, Michaelmas Daisy

    • Common names

      Aster novi-belgii 'Fellowship', Symphyotrichum novi-belgii var. novi-belgii, Aster novi-belgii var. novi-belgii, Virgulus novi-belgii 'Fellowship'.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3 feet [91 cm]

    • Spread

      2 feet [61 cm]

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      North America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Adds vibrant colors and texture to gardens with its profuse flowering.
    • Attracts Wildlife: A source of nectar for bees, butterflies, and other beneficial pollinators.
    • Ease of Care: Relatively low-maintenance, making it suitable for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, it can withstand periods of low rainfall, reducing the need for watering.
    • Cold Hardy: It can survive in colder climates, making it a versatile choice for many gardens.
    • Long Blooming Period: Flowers from late summer into fall, providing extended interest in the garden.
    • Propagation: Can be easily propagated by division to increase stock or share with others.
    • Versatility in Landscaping: Suitable for borders, mass plantings, and as a cut flower in floral arrangements.
    • Erosion Control: Helps stabilize soil in areas at risk of erosion.
    • End-of-Season Interest: Offers visual interest in the garden even as the growing season winds down.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Crafts: The vibrant petals of the New York aster can be pressed and used in crafting, such as making bookmarks, greeting cards, or even jewelry.
    • Photography: As a photogenic plant, it's often used by photographers as a subject for botanical photography or as a backdrop for portraits.
    • Dye: The petals can potentially be used to create natural dyes for fabrics or art projects.
    • Educational: The New York aster can be included in biodiversity studies or botanical education to discuss the importance of native plant species in local ecosystems.
    • Pollinator Habitat: By planting it in gardens, it provides a vital food source for bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects.
    • Erosion Control: Its root system can help to stabilize soil in areas prone to erosion.
    • Seasonal Celebrations: They can be used as part of autumnal displays or arrangements due to their late blooming period.
    • Biodegradable Confetti: Dried petals can be used as a natural and biodegradable alternative to traditional confetti at events.
    • Floral Arranging Workshops: The New York aster can be used in educational workshops to teach the art of floral arrangement.
    • Habitat Restoration: Can be included in wildflower seed mixes for restoring native habitats and promoting biodiversity.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The New York aster is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The New York aster is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Patience: New York aster, like many perennials, exhibits patience as it may take time to establish itself and flourish. It's a reminder to be patient in life's processes and transitions.
    • Daintiness: With its delicate, thin petals, New York aster symbolizes daintiness and the beauty of smaller, finer things in life that often go unnoticed.
    • Elegance: The New York aster's elegant form and the way it sways in the wind represents grace and refined beauty.
    • Love of variety: Native to North America, the New York aster is available in a wide range of colors which represents a love and appreciation for diversity and variety in the world.
    • Wisdom: In some cultures, asters were believed to hold the wisdom of the gods. As a relative, the New York aster carries a symbol of wisdom and a deep, spiritual knowledge.
    • Charm: The bright and cheerful appearance of the New York aster can symbolize an enchanting charisma or irresistible charm that draws others in.
    • Memory: Asters are symbolic of remembrance, and hence New York asters may represent memories or be used to honor and remember loved ones who have passed.
    • Faith: Because asters often bloom late in the growing season, they can symbolize keeping the faith and persevering through hard times, as they bring color to the garden when most flowers have finished blooming.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Late summer to early autumn
As needed
  • water dropWater

    New York asters require regular watering to keep the soil consistently moist but never waterlogged. During the growing season, water the plants deeply once a week with about 1 to 1.5 gallons of water, depending somewhat on the weather conditions. More frequent watering might be necessary during particularly hot or dry periods, possibly increasing to twice a week. Ensure that the water penetrates the soil to reach the roots rather than merely wetting the surface. During the winter or in cooler weather, reduce watering frequency as the plant's water needs will decrease.

  • sunLight

    New York asters thrive best in areas with full sun exposure, meaning at least 6 or more hours of direct sunlight per day. They can tolerate partial shade but full sun is ideal for promoting healthy growth and abundant blooms. If possible, position them in a spot that receives unfiltered sunlight for the majority of the day for the best results.

  • thermometerTemperature

    New York asters prefer moderate to cool temperatures and will thrive best when daytime temperatures range between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. They can tolerate temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit during dormancy in winter but sustained cold below this can damage the plant. Ideal growing conditions will avoid the extremes of both heat and frost.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning New York asters helps to promote bushier growth and more abundant flowering. Prune in the early spring, removing any dead or damaged stems, and to shape the plant. You can also pinch the tips of the growth in late spring to early summer to encourage branching. Deadheading spent flowers will encourage continuous blooming. After the first frost, cut back the stems to a few inches above ground level as part of the plant's winter preparation.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    New York Aster 'Fellowship' thrives in well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. A mix of loam, peat, and perlite can provide the ideal balance of moisture retention and drainage. Maintain a soil pH between 6.0 and 6.8 for optimal growth.

  • plantRepotting

    New York Aster 'Fellowship' should be repotted every 2-3 years or when it becomes root-bound. Repotting in the spring allows the plant to establish its roots before the growing season.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    New York Aster 'Fellowship' prefers moderate humidity, typically between 40-60%, which is common in outdoor environments and can also be achieved indoors.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and keep soil moist.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in partial sun, well-drained soil; mulch in winter.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of the New York aster 'Fellowship', begins with seed germination, which occurs when conditions are favorable, typically in the spring after the last frost. As the seedlings emerge and develop, they form a rosette of leaves at the base and begin to grow vegetatively, producing stems, leaves, and a developing root system throughout the spring and summer. In late summer to fall, the plant enters its flowering stage, where it develops characteristic daisy-like flowers with purple petals and yellow centers which attract pollinators. After pollination, the flowers will produce seeds that mature, and by late fall, the plant disperses them into the surrounding environment. Over winter, the aerial parts of the plant die back, but the root system may remain dormant underground, ready to regrow the following spring if the plant is a perennial variety. The cycle repeats itself as new seedlings grow or as the plant resprouts from its root system if it has a perennial life cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Late summer to early autumn

    • The New York aster 'Fellowship', botanically known as Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Fellowship', is typically propagated by dividing the plants in the fall or early spring. To propagate by division, you would carefully dig up an established aster clump, shaking off the excess soil. You'd then separate the clump into smaller sections making sure each division has a good amount of roots attached. Plant these divisions immediately into well-prepared soil, spacing them about 1 to 3 feet apart to allow for growth and air circulation. It's important to water the new divisions thoroughly after planting to help establish them. This method is favored because it maintains the genetic identity of the cultivar and allows for the expansion of the garden display or the sharing of plants with friends and neighbors.