FWG Plant Sale 2012 Top Ten: #5 – Bigleaf Aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

We’re profiling ten plants available at this year’s Native Plant Sale which may be less well-known – but still very lovable! Why not consider adding one of these to your garden?

Flowers: White

Height: 12-35” (30 to 90 cm)

Width: 24-36″ (60-90 cm)

Light: Part Shade to Full Shade

Frequently one of the first asters to bloom, Bigleaf Aster is a forest and edge habitat herbaceous plant. Its flowers have delicate, airy petals surrounding a yellow centre. Unusually, the flowers can also appear as pale purple or violet. Bigleaf Aster begins to flower in July and continues until September.

With large, attractive leaves, this aster looks well when massed. ‘Macrophylla’ means ‘big leaf’. Bigleaf Aster can spread through its roots as well as by seed to naturalise over a larger area, but it is by no means weedy. We have a lovely patch in the Backyard Garden, and find it provides interesting structure beneath a shady tree since it grows taller than many other shade plants.

Two Bigleaf Aster plants – wouldn’t it look more attractive with a few more to fill in the space?

The nectar and pollen of the flowers attract a large variety of insects, including long-tongued bees, short-tongued bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, beetles and plant bugs.

Are you looking to fill in a large area in a shady garden? Bigleaf Aster would be an ideal contender. We have Bigleaf Aster for sale at this year’s plant sale.

Read about our other top ten:

#6 – Yarrow

#7 – Lanceleaf Coreopsis

#8 – Blue Flag Iris

#9 – Wild Columbine

#10 – Obedient Plant


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