Eurybia macrophylla, Big-leaf Aster

People like Big-leaf's large, heart-shaped leaves; pollinators come for the large, albeit few, flowers.

Big-leaf Aster is a common upland, understory plant of central, north and eastern Minnesota forests. It spreads by rhizome to form leafy stands. Great for the shade garden or in your woodland restoration along with Zig Zag Goldenrod, which also spreads slowly via rhizome and has similar, but smaller, toothy leaves. Like most Aster species, this one blooms late summer into autumn and well above its leafy mass.

Bloom: bluish-lavender white, August to October

Height: 12 - 32 inches

Conditions: Shade, moist to medium, rich woodland soils