Eurybia macrophylla is part of the Asteraceae family of plants. It is a herbaceous perennial. It is also known as Bigleaf Aster, Michaelmas Daisy, Large-leaved Aster, Largeleaf Aster, Aster macrophyllus var. apricensis, Aster macrophyllus var. excelsior, or Bigleaf Wood Aster. It is native to Eastern North America. It has large heart-shaped leaves. It flowers in summer and early fall with flat-topped clusters of starry flowers. The flowers are lavender or white with yellow centers. It is a good ground cover. It is listed as endangered in Iowa, United States. Plant Eurybia macrophylla in well-drained soil in the sun or partial shade. Cut back the plants after flowering. It grows to about 30cm or 2in. The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and moths. Generally, it is pest-free and disease-free but watch out for powdery mildew. Propagate by seed in fall or by cuttings or divisions.
The young leaves of Eurybia macrophylla can be cooked and eaten. The roots of Eurybia macrophylla has been used by Iroquis and Ojibwa as medicine and food. Iroquois or Haudenosaunee are the native American confederacy of North America, they include the Mohawk, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Oneida. Later they added Tuscarora people to become six nations. Ojibwa are the Anishinaabe people of Canada, they are one of the largest indigenous people north of Rio Grande.
It is also known as Bigleaf Aster, Large-Leaf Wood-Aster, Aster ianthinus, Aster macrophyllus, Aster macrophyllus var. ianthinus, Aster macrophyllus var. pinguifolius, Aster macrophyllus var. sejunctus, Aster macrophyllus var. velutinus, Aster multiformis, Aster nobilis, Aster riciniatus, Aster roscidus, Aster violaris