When and How to Save Native Perennial Aster Seeds

A purple aster bush in full bloom, against a metal fence. The purple flowers have bright orange centers, and these contrast with the green leaves and shadows cast on the gray metal behind, in bright sunshine.

Native perennial asters, such as the New England species, spread vigorously via roots and self-sowing. At season’s end, they form copious quantities of cottony seed heads that you can collect, to save and sow in a new location next year, or share with friends. Learn when and how to gather native aster seeds now.