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Aster macrophylla

Big Leaf Aster

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Aster macrophylla (Big Leaf Aster)

Here's the perfect plant for shady areas with less than perfect soil. Drought tolerant, it does best in loamy soil with good humus content, but will also thrive in sandy loam and clay soils with good organic matter. Spreads gradually by underground rhizomes, and makes a good groundcover in hard-to-landscape shady spots. In late summer, the three-foot-tall bluish/white flowerheads appear. Thrives on well-drained hillsides and is an excellent choice for helping to stabilize slopes.

Additional Information:


Height
12-24 Inches

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Spread
18-36 Inches

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
White


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Canada Wild Rye (Elymus canadensis)

Characteristics & Attributes

Nature Attracting

Songbird
Butterfly
Beneficial Insects

Root

Rhizomes

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture

Average

Special Uses

Fresh Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Ground Cover

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Butterfly Nectar
Cover
Food/Birds