An identifying mark of this aster is its lower leaves -- large, heart-shaped leaves that feel very rough to the touch. Schreber's aster has similar leaves, but its flowers have white rays, not pale purple.
- Synonyms: Aster macrophyllus
- Family: aster (Asteraceae)
- Habitat: woods, clearings
- Height: 1-5 feet
- Flower size: flowerheads 1/2 to 5/8 inch across
- Flower color: pale purple rays around a yellow disk that ages to reddish
- Flowering time: August to September
- Origin: native
The basal (lowest) leaves of this aster are large, heart-shaped, and rough to the touch.
Large-leaved aster sometimes forms a carpet of leaves, with only a few plants flowering.