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Eurybia macrophylla (Bigleaf Aster)

Bigleaf Aster, Large-Leaf Wood-Aster, Aster ianthinus, Aster macrophyllus, Aster macrophyllus var. apricensis, Aster macrophyllus var. excelsior, Aster macrophyllus var. ianthinus, Aster macrophyllus var. pinguifolius, Aster macrophyllus var. sejunctus, Aster macrophyllus var. velutinus, Aster multiformis, Aster nobilis, Aster riciniatus, Aster roscidus, Aster violaris


Prized for its handsome foliage, Eurybia macrophylla (Bigleaf Aster) is an upright, bushy perennial forming a lush carpet of very large, heart-shaped, sharply-toothed, basal leaves, 4-8 in. wide (10-20 cm). In midsummer to mid fall, flat-topped clusters of small starry white or violet daisies with yellow or rose colored centers are borne atop sticky flower stalks. Blooming for weeks, the flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. One of the few asters that tolerates shade, Bigleaf Aster Aster is best used as a ground cover in shady gardens, native plant gardens or woodland gardens.

  • Grows up to 2-4 ft. tall and wide (60-120 cm). Spreads by rhizomes and self-seeding to form colonies.
  • Performs best in part shade to full shade in moist, sandy loams, well-drained soils.
  • Great for the late summer and fall cottage gardens, woodland gardens or banks and slopes.
  • Generally pest and disease free. Keep an eye out for powdery mildews.
  • Propagate by seed in fall or provide cold stratification. Can be propagated by softwood cuttings taken in late spring or by division of clumps.
  • Native to eastern and central North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Asters
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spread 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Asters
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spread 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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