Large-leaved Aster

Eurybia macrophylla

May

Spring

Large-leaved aster is a common dense ground cover in Minnesota’s forests. The plant has large heart shaped leaves. The nutrients in large-leaved aster are only available to bears before they are unfurled as they emerge through the soil in the early spring. After they are fully emerged, the leaves mature and become more fibrous and less digestible to black bears as their nutrients become incorporated into cell walls as cellulose.