Aster modestus (Giant Mountain aster)

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Plant Description: Large upright native aster common in moist areas with part sun such as open woods, forest edges, and streambanks. Stalks are tall with a single stem that branches out near the top with small, bright purple flowers and a yellow center. After flowering, plant forms globe like seed heads that spread by wind. 

  • Height: 1-4 ft
  • Width: 1-4  ft
  • Watering needs: regular moisture, seasonally wet
  • Sun needs: full sun-part shade
  • Soil needs: moist soil
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Portland Plant List (Backyard Habitat Certification): Yes

Landscape Use and Ecological Function: A moisture loving aster found often in swampy, marshy areas and wet, open woodlands. Great for stream restoration and rain gardens. Attracts native bees and beneficial insects. 

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