USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. Vol. 3: 412
WILD SEED PROJECT IS OFFERING SEEDS, SO THIS SPECIES IS NOT A PRIORITY.
Where Commonly Found: Open woods, thickets, clearings, CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT, Extremely rare in RI.
How to Identify:
(For unfamiliar words: Wikipedia Glossary of Botanical Terms).
Go Botany Key to Eurybia macrophylla
Missouri Botanical Garden description of Eurybia macrophylla. Click on more images.
Flower Color: Pale purple.
Flower Type: Radial petals. Flowerheads are 1/2″- 1″ wide with 9 – 20 rays, often strap-shaped rays around tubular disk flowers, daisy-like, arranged in flat, short-branched clusters. Whorled bracts beneath flowers are hairy.
Flower Time: Early August – late September.
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate leaves, stems are smooth or sparely hairy. Stem bolts up from the basal leaves shortly before flowering. Plant is about .5′ until then.
Leaf Type: Simple, large leaves (Lumberjack toilet paper). 2″- 12″ long and broad, thick, rough textured basal leaves, heart-shaped, teethed, with long petioles. Upper leaves are smaller, often sessile.
Height: .5′ – 2.5′
Seed Collection: when flowers fade and seeds ripen.
Attracts: Butterflies, Larval Host
Use: Garden, Rain Garden or Naturalizing
Light: Part Shade to Shade
Hardiness Zone: 4 to 8 USDA Zone Map
Notes: A wild aster with large fuzzy leaves nick-named Lumberjack Toilet Paper, forming a dense ground cover in rich woods. Host to the Pearl Crescent
Native to Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest, US: Biota of North American Program (BONAP) – North America Plant Atlas (NAPA).