Eurybia divaricatus (White Wood Aster)
This is my favorite native Aster, and I'm all for planting it anywhere I can get it to grow. In fact, I have one growing in a hanging planter, courtesy of the birds. There are those who might say this Aster is invasive, self seeds too much, too this or too that. I say to them that they don't know what they're talking about, and I say to you, don't pay any attention to them. This beautiful Aster is perfectly suited to the woodland garden where it appreciates dry soil and shade, but also adapts to moist soil and sun. It is lovely planted among ferns and other native wildflowers. It can also be used effectively in a cultivated garden, and that's where I also have it - growing with Sedum, Rudbeckia, and Lobelia. Long blooming Aster divaricatus grows from 12 to 18 inches high and spreads by rhizomes and seeds, so if you still feel compelled to contain it, you should consider deadheading and pinching it back in spring. Zones 3-8. Quarts.
Eurybia macrophyllus (syn. Aster macrophyllus) (Bigleaf Aster, Large Leaved Aster)
Eurybia macrophyllus, also known as Bigleaf Aster or Large-leaved Aster, is native to the United States and Canada. This native wildflower has large, heart-shaped leaves, erect stems, and is smothered in small lavender, aster-like flowers, each with a yellow eye, in late summer or early fall. Bigleaf Aster grows from three to four feet in sun to partial shade and average soil. It is perfectly suited to the woodland garden where it can form a ground cover, but it is also suitable for containers. I have read that the young leaves of this species may be cooked and eaten as greens, although I have yet to try it and cannot vouch for its tastiness. Birds and butterflies love this native wildflower. Quarts. Zones 3-8.