Perennial herb from a branched, woody stem-base or rhizome; stems branched above, with straight, appressed hairs, 30-60 cm tall.
Basal leaves narrowly oblanceolate, tapering to a stalked base, usually entire, glabrous to slightly hairy, 2-10 cm long, 2-10 mm wide; stem leaves lanceolate to linear, usually entire, often slightly clasping, glabrous to slightly hairy,reduced upwards.
Heads with ray and disk flowers, few to many in an open, branched inflorescence; involucres 4-7 mm tall; involucral bracts strongly graduated, linear to linear-oblong, the outermost usually spoon-shaped, fringed, green above, pale below, glabrous to hairy on the back; ray flowers 10-40, violet or purple, 6-8 mm long; disk flowers yellow.
Achenes several-nerved, stiff-hairy; pappus white to tan.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Aster adscendens Lindl.
Aster ascendens Lindl.
Aster chilensis subsp. adscendens (Lindl.) Cronquist
Aster macounii Rydb.
Aster subgriseus Rydb.
Virgulaster ascendens (Lindl.) Semple