Eurybia macrophylla (Aster macrophyllus)
Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry)
Sun: Part Sun – Shade
Bloom: August – October
Suggested Uses: Big-leaved Aster is a nice plant for woodland shoreline restoration. It tolerates drier soils and is a great addition to plantings in dry, open woods. It is a good source of nectar for bees and butterflies. Grows well under evergreens.
Native Range: Native to the Great Lakes, Appalachia and the Northeast. Native to northeastern Minnesota.
Pollinators: Bees, moths and butterflies. It is the larval host plant for the pearl crescent butterfly (Phyciodes tharos) and the goldenrod hooded owlet moth (Cucullia asteroides).
Flowers: The 1 ” flower-heads have 10-20 petal-like ray flowers. The central disk flowers of this branching aster can have a reddish hue.
Leaves: The large, heart-shaped, toothed basal leaves are 4-8″ across.
Food Uses: The tender, young leaved can be eaten as a cooked green. Consume at your own risk.
More information: USDA plant profile