Friday, September 11, 2009
Blooming in a Garden Now-You bet your Aster!
Aster macrophyllus, commonly called Big-leafed aster, or Large-leafed aster, is blooming now in Minnesota. A native perennial to Minnesota and other parts of the US, this plant is very attractive to pollinators. It is extremely easy to grow, re-seeds like crazy and will form a groundcover in a lawn. Leave areas of your lawn un-mowed for a fantastic late-summer display. Pollinators such as honeybees and bumblebees find this plant attractive, and birds love the seedheads and will visit a patch of Aster macrophyllus all winter long.
I was delighted to find that after I planted 6 plugs of Aster macrophyllus, it re-seeded all over my lawn grass, and I was able to stop mowing in difficult areas and let the Aster take over. I do mow it in the spring. This is a useful plant for difficult dry woodland situations, since it does well in some shade. Pair it with various goldenrods for a stunning display.