Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Marina Wolkonsky’
Aster novae-angliae ‘Marina Wolkonsky’
New England Aster
New England aster is native to most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains. This cultivated variety may be named for Princess Marina Wolkonsky, who was born in 1946, but I could find almost no information on it.
Identification: Plants are up to 4' (1.2 m) high. Stems are erect, strong, and hairy. Leaves are alternate, hairy, spatula-shaped, with their bases slightly wrapped around the stem. They are usually smooth, but may have shallow teeth, and are ¾-2" (2-6 cm) × ⅛-½" (5-15 mm). Attractive flowers occur in dense, highly branched clusters atop the plants. Each flower consists of a yellow disk flower in the center, surrounded by 45-100 thin ray flowers that in this cultivar are a deep, vibrant purple.
The references below are for the natural plant, since information on the cultivar was lacking.
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae on the Connecticut Botanical Society's Connecticut wildflowers site
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae on Southeastern Flora, the Southeastern U.S. Plant Identification Resource
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae on the USDA Plants Database
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae on eFloras
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Marina Wolkonsky’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 4 Oct 2013.
Range: Zones 3-8: