Asters, slimey goo & more in WNY Gardening Matters

New England asters
New England asters. Photo courtesy Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources – Forestry,

Check out the articles in the latest edition of WNY Gardening Matters, produced by the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County.

  • “The Beauty of Fall Asters: Native asters come in blues, purples, rose, pinks and white. Besides being beautiful, they are a very important late-season food source for pollinators, butterflies and insects.
  • Ambush Bugs and Assassin Bugs: These two bugs got their names because of the way they kill their prey.
  • Nostoc: What’s slimey, disgusting and gooey? It’s nostoc, a cyanobacterium, formerly classified as a blue-green algae. It’s not dangerous.
  • Box Tree Moth Confirmed in WNY: This article has information from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets with additional information from Sharon Bachman, Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County.

2 Comments on “Asters, slimey goo & more in WNY Gardening Matters

  1. Hi Marilyn, yes, native asters are perennials. I find them easy to grow. Even though the rabbits like to chomp them in spring and even summer, they make a comeback in autumn.

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