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Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Marina Wolkonsky’

New England aster

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderAsteralesFlowering plants with a central disk flower and surrounding petals, like daisies
FamilyAsteraceaeThe aster family, which also includes daisies and sunflowers; from the Greek ἀστήρ, “star,” for the star-shaped flowers
GenusSymphyotrichumFrom Greek symphysis, “borne together or growing together, coalescing,” and trichinos, “hair, a single hair”
Speciesnovae-angliae“New England”
Cultivar‘Marina Wolkonsky’Probably named for Princess Marina Wolkonsky

About plant names...

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.

Online References:

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 ‘Marina Wolkonsky’ on Flickr

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae on eFloras

Aster novae-angliae ‘Marina Wolkonsky’


Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Marina Wolkonsky’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster)

9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 21 × 14" (52 × 34 cm)

Range: Zones 3-8:

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