If you're looking for a great shade tolerant perennial native, this Aster is a good candidate. Flowering right now in early August (much earlier than most fall blooming Asters), its light mauve rays arranged in a branching cluster will brighten any dark woodland corner.
Big Leaved Asters grow in a variety of soils from moist low lying shaded areas to sandy loam soils in part sun. It has been one of the best summer performers in our dry shaded woodland in the backyard. This plant could be utilized more in formal shaded landscapes, massed amongst spring flowering woodland natives.
Big Leaved Aster is native to northeastern North America, see map below.
|Kartesz, J.T., The Biota of North America Program (BONAP).|
2011. North American Plant Atlas. Chapel Hill, N.C.