Plant with Little Purple Flowers

booboobearbecky(Zone 4)November 20, 2008

This plant grows wild in our area, but I'm not sure what it's called.

It self seeds in zone 3/4.

It gets 2 to 3 feet tall.

The flowers are light purple.

Grows in sun and part sun areas.

Not invasive, but it can withstand weedy areas.

It blooms from mid summer to late fall.



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giantslug(4b/5 SW Minnesota)

Either Eurybia macrophyllus or Symphyotrichum cordifolium.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2008 at 2:28AM
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SusanC(9b/10a Sunset 17)

I believe it is the Eurybia macrophylla.

Here is a link that might be useful: Eurybia macrophylla

    Bookmark   November 20, 2008 at 10:39AM
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booboobearbecky(Zone 4)

giantslug and susanc-

You're right! It IS Eurybia Macrophyllus/Macrophylla! Common name...Large Leaved Aster. I compared my photos of the plant to those on the web with the name you suggested and it matches perfectly! To think...I spent 3 years with my native plant book in the woods and meadows of our property trying to figure that out! I flipped through my plant books in frustration thinking well "I could go with this one," or "I could go with that one," and after I while I decided, "I could go without," and just called it the Plant With Little Purple Flowers.

And now, thanks to you smart cookies I can give this plant it's correct name! Yippeeee!

In the area I live in (Northern WI), the Large Leaved Aster appears along the woodlines and open meadow areas. It's very pretty when it blooms. It also looks great in the back borders of my flower beds.

Thanks for your help with giving my mystery plant it's correct name!


    Bookmark   November 20, 2008 at 11:11AM
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