New England Aster Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Sayer's Croft'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
New England aster 'Sayer's Croft'


The 'Sayer's Croft' is a cultivar known for its striking late summer and fall blooms. This perennial features a lush foliage of lance-shaped leaves that are green in color and create a bushy backdrop for the standout flowers. The flowers themselves are composed of numerous small petals that radiate around a central disc, giving them a classic daisy-like appearance. The floral display is characterized by vibrant purple to violet hues with yellow or golden centers that attract various pollinators to the garden. These blossoms typically form dense clusters at the tips of the plant's stems, creating a visually rich and textured effect. The overall aspect of the 'Sayer's Croft' is one of a bold and colorful presence in the garden that brings life and interest during the fading days of the growing season. Its natural charm and the burst of color it provides make it a favorite among gardeners looking to enhance their landscapes with hardy and eye-catching native plants.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      New England Aster, Michaelmas Daisy, Hairy Michaelmas Daisy, New England Daisy, Hardy Aster

    • Common names

      Aster novae-angliae 'Sayer's Croft', Aster novae-angliae var. novae-angliae 'Sayer's Croft'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Although the plant Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, commonly known as New England Aster, is not known to be toxic to humans, it is always advisable to practice caution and avoid ingesting any plant parts unless they are known to be edible. There is no documented toxicity for this species when it comes to human ingestion, and it does not commonly cause poisoning. However, like with many plants, individuals with sensitive skin may experience irritation if they come into contact with the sap. In general, it is prudent not to consume this plant as it is not recognized as a food source and its effects when ingested are uncertain.

    • To pets

      New England Aster is not commonly known to be toxic to pets. This plant, like many others that are not intended as pet food, should be prevented from being ingested by pets to avoid any potential gastrointestinal upset. While there is no specific toxicity associated with this aster, pets may experience mild stomach discomfort if they consume plant parts simply because it is not typical pet fodder. Signs of possible gastrointestinal distress include vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. If a pet exhibits symptoms after consuming any plant, it is recommended to consult with a veterinarian for appropriate care.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3-6 feet (0.91-1.83 meters)

    • Spread

      2-3 feet (0.61-0.91 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      North America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attracts Pollinators: New England aster 'Sayer's Croft' is known to attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects, which is essential for pollination and maintaining a healthy ecosystem.
    • Decorative Uses: With its vibrant purple flowers, this plant offers aesthetic beauty and is commonly used in garden borders, wildflower gardens, and as cut flowers for indoor decoration.
    • Supports Wildlife: Provides a food source and habitat for wildlife, particularly as nectar-rich flowers for insects and as a host for butterfly larvae.
    • Drought Resistance: Once established, New England aster 'Sayer's Croft' is relatively drought-tolerant, making it suitable for gardens in dryer climates or undergoing water restrictions.
    • Low Maintenance: It requires minimal care once established, making it a convenient choice for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Seasonal Interest: Blooms in the late summer to fall, offering a splash of color when many other plants have finished flowering.
    • Erosion Control: With its sturdy stems and fibrous root system, it can help stabilize soil and prevent erosion.

  • 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

    • Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, commonly known as New England Aster, can be used as a natural dye source, producing colors in the range of pinks and purples when the flowers are processed.
    • The plant's stems and foliage can be used in the art of basket weaving, providing both structure and a subtle aesthetic appeal.
    • New England Aster can serve as an educational tool, helping in the study of pollination and the lifecycles of native bees and butterflies which it attracts.
    • Dried New England Aster flowers can be incorporated into potpourri mixes, offering visual variety and retaining some of their color.
    • The flowers can be used to make a natural flower confetti for celebrations, being both biodegradable and more eco-friendly than synthetic alternatives.
    • New England Aster can be planted to help stabilize soil and prevent erosion due to its hardy root system.
    • The matured seed heads of the New England Aster can be used for craft projects, such as making decorative wreaths or as a filler in dried floral arrangements.
    • New England Aster can be used as a colorful garnish for culinary dishes, though it's not commonly consumed.
    • Photographers may utilize the vibrant displays of asters in autumn to enhance naturalistic backdrops in wildlife and portrait photography.
    • The plant can be used in a natural insectary garden, creating a habitat to attract and support beneficial insects like ladybugs and lacewings that control pests.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The New England Aster is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The New England Aster is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Sayer's Croft') - Symbol of patience and a symbol of love. This is because asters often bloom late in the year, showing their patience in waiting to display their beauty. Additionally, the shape and fullness of the aster can represent a love that is complex and consuming.
    • Elegance - New England Asters have graceful, star-like flowers that convey a sense of refinement and elegance.
    • Wisdom - Often seen in the later months of the year, they might also symbolize wisdom that comes with age, as they bloom closer to the end of the growing season.
    • Daintiness - The delicate petals of New England Asters can symbolize a sense of finesse or daintiness.
    • Afterthought - Since asters, in general, are among the last flowers to bloom in a season, they are sometimes associated with an afterthought or a final flourish to the year.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Early spring
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The New England Aster 'Sayer's Croft' requires consistent moisture, especially during hot, dry periods. Water this perennial deeply once a week, providing about 1 inch of water which is roughly 0.6 gallons for an average-sized plant. Ensure the soil is well-draining to prevent waterlogging. During the growing season, if rainfall is scarce, increase the frequency to maintain soil moisture but always allow the top inch of soil to dry out slightly between watering to encourage deep root growth and prevent rot.

  • sunLight

    New England Aster 'Sayer's Croft' thrives in full sun, meaning it requires at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. The ideal spot for this plant would be in an area that receives unfiltered sunlight for most of the day. However, in extremely hot climates, some afternoon shade can help prevent scorching.

  • thermometerTemperature

    New England Aster 'Sayer's Croft' is hardy and can withstand temperatures as low as 20°F but grows best when temperatures stay within the range of 60°F to 75°F. Although it can endure occasional fluctuations, prolonged exposure to temperatures above 86°F or below the hardiness zone threshold might stress the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune New England Aster 'Sayer's Croft' in late winter or early spring before new growth begins, cutting back old stems to ground level. This encourages fresh growth and can help prevent disease and pests. Additionally, deadheading spent flowers during the blooming season will promote further flowering.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    New England aster 'Sayer's Croft' thrives in well-drained soil enriched with organic matter like compost. A slightly acidic to neutral pH, ranging from 6.0 to 7.0, is ideal. A mixture of loam, peat, and sand often works well to maintain these conditions and ensure proper drainage.

  • plantRepotting

    New England aster 'Sayer's Croft' does not commonly require repotting as it is a perennial that is typically grown outdoors. Division every 3-4 years in the spring can refresh and manage plant size.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    New England aster 'Sayer's Croft' is tolerant of a wide range of humidity levels and does not require any special humidity conditions when grown outdoors in its natural environment.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright light and keep soil moist.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun, well-drained soil, and regular watering.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Sayer's Croft', commonly known as New England aster, begins its life as a seed that germinates in spring when temperatures are favorable. The seedling emerges, developing a small rosette of leaves at the soil surface while establishing a root system. As it grows, the plant forms a bushy structure with multiple branches, and during summer, it enters a vegetative growth phase, producing larger leaves and gaining height and width. By late summer to early fall, the New England aster enters the flowering stage, where it displays numerous daisy-like purple flowers with yellow centers, attracting pollinators such as bees and butterflies. After pollination, the flowers produce seeds that are dispersed by wind or wildlife, and as winter approaches, the above-ground part of the plant dies back, while the roots endure the cold, lying dormant until the next spring cycle. The plant is perennial, therefore it regrows from the same root system year after year, repeating this life cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Early spring

    • The popular method for propagating New England aster, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Sayer's Croft', is by division. This technique is best performed in early spring as new growth begins or immediately after flowering in the fall. To propagate by division, dig up an established plant with a sizable root system. Gently separate the clump into smaller sections, ensuring that each section has a portion of the root system and a few shoots. After the divisions are made, replant the sections at the same depth they were previously growing and water them thoroughly. Providing ample moisture aids in the initial establishment of the new plants. Divisions should be spaced around 1 to 3 feet apart (approximately 30 to 90 centimeters) to allow adequate room for growth.