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Bigleaf aster

Aster macrophyllus

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 CharacteristicsNative to eastern North America. Attracts butterflies.

CareDo not overwater. Grow in light to full shade.

PropagationRootball division.

ProblemsAsters 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.

  • Genus : Aster
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Fall, Late Summer, Summer
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : White

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