Bigleaf aster

Aster macrophyllus

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Bluestone Perennials
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Bigleaf aster (Aster macrophyllus)
Genus:  Aster
This striking, richly-textured, deciduous ground cover has heart-shaped leaves that turn mauve in autumn. Purple, blue, or white flowers appear in late summer to early fall.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Native to eastern North America. Attracts butterflies.
Care:  Do not overwater. Grow in light to full shade.
Propagation:  Rootball division.
Problems:  Asters are sometimes plagued by fungal diseases. The most common are wilt disease, powdery mildew, and botrytis. May be affected by Verticillium wilt, gray mold, powdery mildew, rusts, white smut, aster yellows, stem cankers. Prone to rosy blister gall, aphids, tarsonemid mites, slugs, snails, and nematodes.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Blue Flower,
Purple/Lavender Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Ground Covers
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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