New England American-aster is large and showy, growing to 6 or more ft. in height. The perennial’s hairy, clasping leaves are arranged densely on its stout stems. Showy, bright, rose-purple flowers with orange-yellow centers bloom in profusion at the tips of the leafy branches.
The flower color is variable, ranging from lavender to blue to white. A pink variety of this species is sometimes grown commercially.