Hello everyone! Welcome back to another week of wildflowers. Today’s wildflower is the “large-leaved aster”. This is a very common aster found in part shade to full shaded areas and sometimes in clearings or along the edges of wooded areas. This is a fairly early blooming aster, beginning in July and going through to September. The flowers have few petals compared with other asters and are found with white, light lavender or blue flowers. The center disk is yellow at first then turns a reddish brown color as the flower ages. The flower stalks can grow up to 4 feet (120cm) tall. The bottom most leaves are large, up to 8 inches (20cm) long and 6 inches (15cm) wide and heart shaped. As with most asters, bees and butterflies love them. Two years ago they were very abundant along the path to the river where I walk, last year there were none. I have not seen any this year, but I think there may be some plants growing in a couple locations. I have no idea why this has happened, they should bloom every year. In Canada they can be found from Manitoba to the east coast and in the US from the Mississippi River to the east coast, but not including the southern gulf states. I hope you have a wonderful Monday and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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