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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Eurybia macrophylla (L.) Cass.
Bigleaf aster, Large-leaf wood-aster
Synonym(s): Aster ianthinus, Aster macrophyllus, Aster macrophyllus var. apricensis, Aster macrophyllus var. excelsior, Aster macrophyllus var. ianthinus, Aster macrophyllus var. pinguifolius, Aster macrophyllus var. sejunctus, Aster macrophyllus var. velutinus, Aster multiformis, Aster nobilis, Aster riciniatus, Aster roscidus, Aster violaris
USDA Symbol: euma27
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
A 1-3 ft. wood-aster with very large (4-8 in. wide), heart-shaped, basal leaves. White or violet flowers occur in open clusters.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Dark Green Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
, WV Canada: MB
, QC Native Distribution:
Que. to MN,
s. to upland GA
& TN Native Habitat:
Open woods, thickets, clearings
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Moist to drier soils
Conditions Comments: The foliage of this species is showier than the flowers. It is best used as a ground cover.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Larval Host: Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
PropagationDescription: Sow seeds, 5/8 deep, outside in fall or provide cold stratification. Also propagated by softwood cuttings taken in late spring or by division of clumps.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery
- Orefield, PA
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Delaware Nature Society
- Hockessin, DEMt. Cuba Center
- Hockessin, DE
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff