Aster novi-belgii

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaAsteraceaeAsterAster novi-belgii


A. novi-belgii is naturalised on hedge banks, railway banks, roadsides, rubbish tips and waste ground. In addition, it sometimes occurs on river banks, lakesides and in fen vegetation. Lowland.



World Distribution

Native of eastern N. America; widely naturalised in N.W. & C. Europe.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 6

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 6


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 1

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.7

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.2

Annual Precipitation (mm): 936

Life form information

Height (cm): 150

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Rhizome shortly creeping

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 557

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 12

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 3

Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.