Eurybia macrophylla, Big-leaved Aster
|Big-leaved Aster showing its big leaves at the MN Landscape Arboretum|
Also known as Large-leaved Aster, it is grown as much for its leaves as for its late season flowers. It is native to our woodlands from the north down to the southeastern forested bluffs and river valleys. You may plant this with Zig Zag Goldenrod, White Snakeroot, Blue Cohosh, Early Meadowrue, Woodland Ginger, several woodland ephemerals, various fern and shade-loving sedge.
Much like Zig Zag, this aster will spread via rhizome and will spread. It is best planted within a community of woodland plants or contained within a root barrier if you do not want it to spread.
Blooms: pale blue-lavender-white, July into September
Height: 2-3 feet
Conditions: pt shade to shade, moist-medium to medium dry