Big-leaved Aster

Botanical Name: Eurybia macrophylla

Height: About 40 cm.

Season of bloom: September

Growing Conditions: Shade. Best in soils which are moist yet well-drained. Spreads to form dense colonies.

Wildlife benefits: The nectar and pollen of the flowers attract a large variety of insects, including long-tongued bees, short-tongued bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, beetles, and plant bugs…[I]nsect feeders include caterpillars of the butterflies Chlosyne nycteis (Silvery Checkerspot) and Phyciodes tharos (Pearl Crescent). From Illinois Wildflowers.

From Ottawa Valley or eastern Ontario sources: Yes

Remarks: Bold leaves makes this an effective ground cover in shade. Flowers may be white or lavender.

Similar species: Heart-leaved Aster