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Large Leaved Aster
Eurybia macrophylla

a.k.a. Big Leaf Aster

Large-leaved Aster is a common woodland species with large, heart-shaped leaves that can form a pleasant ground cover. It has blue flowers that bloom in August and September.

USDA symbol: EUMA27

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height2 feet
Light ExposurePart Sun, Shade
Soil MoistureDry, Medium
Bloom ColorWhite
Large Leaved Aster (Large Leaved Aster<div><em class="small">Eurybia macrophylla</em></div>)
Photo credit: Minnesota Wildflowers (Click to enlarge)


Flooding / Inundation ToleranceLow
General Resilience7
Salt ToleranceNone
Stress ToleranceFire Tolerant

Pollinator Value: Very High

Bloom MonthsAugust to October
Larval Host ofButterflies, Moths
Specific Pollinators HostedChlosyne nycteis, Cucullia asteroides, Phyciodes tharos
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeErosion Control, Restoration, Sandy or Engineered Soils
Coefficient of Conservatism7
Herbivore SensitivityLow
Rate of SpreadMedium
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyAitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Carlton, Cass, Chisago, Clearwater, Cook, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Fillmore, Hennepin, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Kandiyohi, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Ramsey, Sherburne, St. Louis, Stearns, Todd, Wabasha, Wadena, Washington, Winona, Wright
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands