The bigleaf asters, Aster macrophylus, members of the Composite family, are coming into bloom, masses of the plants covering the forest floor. They make a great ground cover for the shady yard.
Purple loosestrife, Lythrum salicaria, in the loosestrife family (Lythraceae) is a garden escapee that has seriously invaded native wetlands nationwide, competing with cattails and other valuable wildlife foods. Considerable success has been made controlling it wih an Asian beetle that feeds exclusively on it. Biological controls are difficult to accomplish but usually far more environmentally friendly than using chemicals.
|BIGLEAF ASTER FLOWERS|
|A FOREST FLOOR GROUND COVER|
|CHARACTERISTIC BIG LEAF|
|INVASIVE PURPLE LOOSESTRIFE|