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

Symphyotrichum chilense (Nees) G.L. Nesom
common California aster
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a rhizome or branching woody stem-base; stems ascending to erect, hairy, at least above, 0.5-1.0 m tall.
Lowermost leaves usually deciduous by flowering time; stem leaves usually oblanceolate and stalked below, those above linear to lanceolate and smaller, 2-10 cm long, 2-20 mm wide, usually entire, glabrous or sparsely hairy.
Achenes several-nerved, sparsely hairy; pappus tawny.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to mesic salt marshes, meadows, slopes and banks in the lowland zone; common in coastal SW BC; S to 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.

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