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.
A. novi-belgii was introduced as a garden plant in 1710. It was recorded in the wild by 1860 and the extant population at Wicken Fen (Cambs.) was found in 1864. Stace (1997) and other authors suggest that it has been much over-recorded in the past for A. x salignus and, no doubt, also for A. x versicolor.
Native of eastern N. America; widely naturalised in N.W. & C. Europe.
Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 557
Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 12
Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 3
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.
Atlas text references
1989. The possibility of determining the age of colonies of clonally propagating herbaceous species from historic records: the case of Aster novi-belgii L. (first recorded as A. salignus Willd.) at Wicken Fen Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire, England. New Phytologist. 112:577-584.
1992. Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 3. 2 vols.