Perennial herb from a creeping rhizome; stems erect, solitary, branched above, with spreading, long hairs and stalked glands, at least above, 0.3-1.0 m tall.
Basal leaves smaller than the others, usually deciduous by flowering time; stem leaves lanceolate, 5-15 cm long, 1-4 cm wide, unstalked, more or less clasping, glabrous above, sparsely hairy beneath, margins smooth to few toothed.
Heads with ray and disk flowers, few to many in a branched, leafy, usually short inflorescence, bases glandular; involucres 7-11 mm tall; involucral bracts equal or subequal, linear to linear-lanceolate, with long-pointed tips, densely stalked-glandular, the outer leaflike, the inner often purplish; ray flowers 20-45, purple or violet, 8-15 mm long; disk flowers yellow.
Achenes strongly 5-ribbed, sparsely hairy; pappus whitish to yellowish.
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Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
Present from Summer to Fall
Source: The USDA
||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
|BG(1), BWBS(8), CWH(26), ESSF(98), ICH(158), IDF(35), MH(3), MS(35), PP(3), SBPS(28), SBS(300), SWB(1)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Aster major (Hook.) Porter
Aster modestus Lindl.
Aster unalaschkensis var. major Hook.
Weberaster modestus (Lindl.) A. Löve & D. Löve