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

Iva axillaris Pursh (Hook.) Bassett
poverty-weed (povertyweed)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a creeping rhizome; stems erect, branched, sparsely hairy or nearly glabrous, 15-60 cm tall.
Basal leaves lacking, lower leaves opposite, upper leaves alternate, unstalked or more or less stalked, oblong to broadly linear, 1-5 cm long, entire.
Heads disciform on short, axillary stalks, nodding, greenish-white; involucres 2-4 mm tall; involucral bracts 4-6, fused at the base; female corollas tubular, 1 mm long.
Achenes with unstalked glands, compressed, 2-3 mm long; pappus lacking.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry disturbed areas in the steppe zone; rare in SC BC; E to MB and S to OK and CA.

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

Iva axillaris subsp. robustior (Hook.) Bassett
Iva axillaris var. robustior Hook.

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