Hi , I have this Aster that someone said was the straight species novae angliea. But this aster doesn’t look the same as novae angliea. It’s more blue and doesn’t branch. I really like this aster as well. Can you identify this particular aster. Thanks experts!
Anne Arundel County Maryland
We agree that this does not look like New England aster (S. novae-angliae). Aster identification is notoriously challenging, giving the number of species (and variability even within a species) as well as cultivars. That said, based on the floral and leaf characteristics we can see in your photo, this one appears to most closely resemble New York aster (Symphyotrichum novi-belgii).