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Bigleaf Aster

Plants for Spring 2020 Shipping

Welcome to the Food Forest Farm plant shop! Here you’ll find many of the plants we’ve been growing in the nursery since 2010. These plants will come to you healthy and ready for their new home.

All of our plants are multi-functional, that is, some perennial vegetables can be eaten by a human, or livestock (leaf hay), or be grown as mulch for biomass, and more! You can look at “All” of the plants, or filter with the navigation bar.

Perennial Vegetables: edible roots, leaves, shoots, buds, seeds that come from perennial herbs, shrubs, and trees

Fruit: edible sweet goodness

Leaf Hay: plants to grow and feed to livestock like cattle, sheep, goats and rabbits

Biomass: herbs, grasses, shrubs and trees that grow fast and can be cut and used as mulch, grow soil, fuel stoves and compost piles

Bigleaf Aster


Bigleaf Aster


Running pink flowering aster to 3 feet tall. Young leaves can be cooked and eaten. Roots can be eaten although we haven’t tried them yet. After the first year of establishment this plant can really run and fill in a space by year three. Great for woodland edges or under trees in the forest garden.

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Bigleaf Aster

Scientific name: Aster macrophyllus
Climate zone: 3+
Habitat: woodland edge, open fields
Soil and light: prefers rich garden soil, can grow in some shade
Uses: cooked leaf, tall ground cover, pollinator habitat, livestock fodder