PURPLE ASTER (Aster novae-angliae) is native to the north central United States, but grows well beyond its natural habitat. Tall and erect (it can reach 6') with brilliant purple flowers that bloom in fall adding much needed color. Herbaceous perennial that attracts butterflies and is very hardy in cold zones. 50 seeds.
MEDICINAL: Said to be effective in treating contact dermatitis, specifically poison sumac.
GROWING TIPS: Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Sow near surface in cool soils of fall or early spring. Cold stratification (chilling in your refrigerator vegetable drawer) for two weeks improves germination. Divide every 2 years to maintain vigor.