Monarch Butterfly on Purple Aster

In early autumn the air is alive with floating flowers as Monarch butterflies fuel up for their migration to Mexico. The favorite in my pollinator garden is this Purple Aster.

It was incorrectly labeled “Maryland Goldenaster” when I purchased it a small plant sale. I was initially sorry I didn’t go home with the Chrysopsis mariana I purchased, but now I’m happy with the result. It is instead apparently a New England Aster, or Symphyotrichum novae-angliae. It grows a good 4 feet tall in my garden, and this variety benefits from support. Watch this Monarch butterfly nectaring:

*** This site is comprised solely of the opinions of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She works to promote gardening and tourism in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.***

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