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New York Aster, Michaelmas daisy;
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Symphyotrichum novi-belgii also known as New York Aster is the type species for Symphyotrichum, a genus of the family Asteraceae whose species were once considered to be Asters. They are ornamental plants native to Canada and the United States. All of these plants are collectively and popularly known as “Michaelmas daisies”.
This is the largest group of Michaelmas daisies, with over 1,000 named cultivars. They are valued for their late summer colour in shades of blue, pink and white. They are best planted in an open, sunny position. While extremely tough, they are susceptible to fungal infections, especially if conditions are not ideal.
(From Wikipedia on 11.5.13)
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Symphyotrichum novi-belgii (L.) G. L. Neson (syn: Aster novi-belgii L.) from Delhi. Grown in Delhi University Nursery. Photographed in April and November, 2009,

Growing to height of about 1m, leaves sessile, auricled at base, linear-lanceolate, heads 2.5-4 cm across, in panicles, , white or light purple. Pl validate.


if i am not mistaken we get even violet variey in these flowers. in marathi called as Deepmal


we called these African daisies


I know other common names New York Aster, Michaelmas daisy for this plant. African daisy commonly refers to Arctotis stoechadifolia, species of Osteosperum, Dimorphotheca spp. and a few others.


… one of favourite daisies: Gerbera jamesonii is also known as African daisy.




in Badlapur in a neighbour’s compound- 21/3/09; 210309-1RN_Badlapur – ID pl – indiantreepix | Google Groups

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Symphyotrichum novi-belgii (L.) G. L. Nesom
Syn: Aster novi-belgii L.
Rhizomatous perennial herb up to 1.5 m tall with; leaves, sessile, auriculate, lower on winged petiole, margin entire to serrate, scabrous-ciliate; heads 22-28 mm across, in paniculate cymes; rays blue-violet, often pale blue.
Photographed from Delhi.

Nice pics, difficult name..



Sharing a very old picture of mine.

Picture taken at Racca Nursery in Nasik on 3/1/2006.
Common names New York Aster, Michaelmas Daisy.

Cultivated, garden plant.



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Compositae ornamental SN Dec 04 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Kindly provide the ID of this ornamental seen from Gudalur area of Nilgiris, Tamilnadu


Aster novi-belgii I hope



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TMC Biodiversity Park  Thane

Date: April 15, 2018 … Altitude: about 15 m (50 feet) asl
… some Asteraceae  
Dear friends,
Possibly Aster, but could not reach to any conclusion. The posted pictures lack aspects required for identification. Hopefully someone recognizes the plant 🙂 … In eFI, I see … post with pictures of same plant from Jijamata Udyan – the ID is yet to get resolved.

Close to Aster amellus?
I will check my post from Jijamata Udyan too.

Or Aster x salignusHopefully one of the two suggested.


Aster amellus … that was the first thought when I browsed through Gardentia. However it got a bit overwhelming to see so many other Asters seeming close to A. amellus when searched on internet.In eFI, only one picture has flowers looking like that of posted plant; other could be looking different on account of being cultivars. Flower at FoI looks quite close to what is posted here – and is identified by Nandan Kalbag (Gardentia).
Results on internet for Aster x salignus seem to show flowers quite similar to those posted here. Aster x salignus is not yet entered in eFI or FoI.
I will go with Aster x salignus; hopefully someone validates it soon.
Thank you very much … for suggesting possible IDs.

A link to herbarium in National Museum of Natural History is quite encouraging!

Thanks … for Aster x salignus.


You are welcome!
Can you kindly go through my post from Jijamata Udyan and comment if it is the same or something else?

It is same plant, without doubt,


Also check with images and postings at Symphyotrichum novi-belgii

…, thank you very much, the posted plant matches best to Symphyotrichum novi-belgii … though of course there are over 1000 named cultivars. Will soon label pictures in flickr accordingly.


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Old pictures of mine taken at Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai on 10/4/2008.
Cultivated, garden plant.
Had posted on our group earlier.
Replies were Daisy, African Daisy, Blue Daisy, commonly used in cut flowers.
Could our experts please give me the correct id?

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Purple flowered Composite : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)- 3 mb.
Request for id of purple flowered ornamental Composite from Mahe. Photographed in October, 2019.

Is it Symphyotrichum novae-belgii?


I do not think it matches with Symphyotrichum

I also could not find a match as per comparative images at Astereae


On further checking, I found may cultivars of Symphyotrichum novi-belgii. So this appears possible as per

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Attached are pictures of Symphyotrichum species captured in a cultivated garden in Mumbai in October 2012.

Requested to please confirm ID.


I think close to images at Symphyotrichum novi-belgii

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