Perennial herb from a creeping rhizome; stems erect, usually single and branched above, glandular, 0.3-1.0 m tall.
Basal and lowermost leaves small, stalked and soon deciduous; stem leaves egg-shaped to elliptic, clasping, mostly unstalked, 6-18 cm long, 2-8 cm wide, thick, saw-toothed, with short, stiff hairs; sand-papery to touch when mature.
Heads few to many in an open, round-topped inflorescence; involucres 9-12 mm tall; involucral bracts lanceolate, densely glandular, green at the tip, whitish at the base; ray flowers 12-35, blue to violet, 10-15 mm long; disk flowers yellow.
Achenes several-nerved, appressed-hairy; pappus whitish.
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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(2), BG(24), BWBS(466), CWH(1), ESSF(455), ICH(490), IDF(1580), MS(1130), PP(52), SBPS(166), SBS(1291), SWB(3)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Aster conspicuus Lindl.