E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Brickellia grandiflora (Hook.) Nutt.
large-flowered brickellia (tasselflower brickellbush)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from long, thickened roots; stems solitary to several, minutely stiff-hairy, 25-70 cm tall.
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves soon deciduous below, lower to middle ones opposite or nearly so, lanceolate to deltoid or heart-shaped, round-toothed to toothed, hairy, glandular-dotted, stalked, 2-11 cm long, 1-6 cm wide.
Heads discoid, several to numerous in a short, open inflorescence; involucres 7-12 mm tall; involucral bracts graduated, the outer ones egg-shaped and tipped with a slender appendage, the inner lanceolate; discoid; disk flowers 20-38, rarely 70, greenish-yellow or cream-coloured.
Achenes 10-ribbed, 4-5 mm long, the base calloused; pappus of numerous white bristles.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to mesic meadows and open forests in the montane to lower subalpine zones; rare in SE BC, known only from Paulson and Sage Creek, Flathead River valley; E to SW AB and S to NW MT and N ID.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Brickellia grandiflora var. petiolaris A. Gray
Coleosanthus grandiflorus (Hook.) Kuntze

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