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

Symphyotrichum campestre (Nutt.) G.L. Nesom
meadow aster
Asteraceae (Aster family)

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Distribution of Symphyotrichum campestre
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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a creeping rhizome; stems ascending, simple or more often branched from the base, glandular above, subglabrous or hairy below, 10-70 cm tall.
Basal and stem leaves similar, linear or narrowly oblong, unstalked and sometimes slightly clasping, entire, 2-8 cm long, 2-10 mm wide, gradually reduced upwards.
Heads with ray and disk flowers, several to many in an open, somewhat branched inflorescence; involucres 5-8 mm tall; involucral bracts scarcely to evidently graduated, abruptly sharp-pointed or with long-pointed, green tips, glandular; ray flowers 15-30, light violet or purple, 5-12 mm long; disk flowers yellow.
Achenes densely grey-hairy; pappus tawny.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry meadows and open forests in the steppe and montane zones; frequent in S BC east of the Coast-Cascade Mountains; E to AB and S to UT, NV and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Symphyotrichum campestre

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 518 960 2200
Slope Gradient (%) 0 12 65
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
5 151 348
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 3 6
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BG(10), BWBS(1), ESSF(2), ICH(2), IDF(44), MS(1), PP(12)


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

Aster campestris var. campestris

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