Photographer: Robert W. Freckmann
Aster macrophyllus L.
big-leaved aster, large-leaved aster
Aster: from the Greek aster, "a star," describing the radiate heads of the flowers
macrophyllus: macros for "large;" phyllos for "leaf"
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 1'-4' tall forb from colony-forming rhizomes|
|Flower: ||head 1"-1 1/2" wide with 9-20 bluish to purple rays; inflorescence flat to round-topped, branched clusters; blooms July-Oct.|
|Leaf:||many, clustered, mostly toothed; large, broadly-oval basal leaves long-stalked with heart-shaped bases; upper leaves smaller and becoming stalkless|
|Habitat: ||shade; woods, forests|