Perennial herb from a stout taproot and a thickened stem-base; stems curved or decumbent at the base, several, simple, hoary with short, dense, spreading hairs, 5-30 cm tall.
Basal leaves triple-nerved, lanceolate or spoon-shaped, entire, apex usually rounded or obtuse, 2-14 cm long, 2-15 mm wide, hairy like the stems; stem leaves several to many, egg-shaped-oblong to linear, reduced upwards.
Heads with ray and disk flowers, solitary to many, the disks 9-19 mm wide; involucres 4-7 mm tall; involucral bracts glandular and usually grey-hairy, strongly to slightly graduated, evidently thickened on the back, lance-oblong, tapering to a slender tip; ray flowers 30-100, blue, white, or pink, 5-15 mm long, 1-2.5 mm wide; disk flowers 3.2-4.4 mm long.
Achenes 2-nerved, hairy; pappus double, the inner of 14-25 firm bristles, the outer evident with short bristly scales.
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
|AT(5), ESSF(6), ICH(1), IDF(3), PP(2)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Erigeron caespitosus var. laccoliticus M.E. Jones