Eurybia (Aster) macrophylla (Bigleaf Aster) Unity Grown

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Eurybia macrophylla (syn. Aster macrophyllus), often referred to bigleaf aster, is a native, colony-forming perennial wildflower indigenous to much of northeastern North America. Growing two to four feet tall in part or full shade locations, bigleaf aster is easily identified by its large-lobed basal foliage and its profuse flowering made all the more impressive by its colony-forming habit; flowers are small and daisy-like, but have a blue or violet tinge to the near white petals.

Performing best in moist but well-drained sandy loams, bigleaf aster is a common find in many lowland forests, and provides a valuable food source for pollinators, but especially butterflies, in the late summer to mid fall. Though tender young leaves of Eurybia macrophylla can be cooked and eaten, care should be taken with choosing an appropriate planting location, as the tenderness of young leaves can result in foraging by deer and rabbits; once established, rhizomatic roots mean that bigleaf aster will spread and become difficult to remove, but this also makes them relatively tolerant of long-term deer browsing.

Native to U.S., Native to Maryland, and Straight Species
Mature Plant Height: Medium: 30-48"
Full Shade (less than 4 hours of sun) and Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium and Well-drained
Soil Type: Sand and Loam
Bloom Time: Summer and Fall
Flower Color: White, Blue, and Purple
Foliage color: Green
Features: Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Pollinators, and Fall Color
Tolerances: Shade Tolerant and Deer Tolerant
Garden Type: Woodland Garden and Pollinator Garden

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