Eurybia conspicua (Lindl.) G.L. Nesom
showy aster
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Adolf Ceska     (Photo ID #5735)


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Distribution of Eurybia conspicua
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Species Information

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.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Eurybia conspicua

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)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
1087 6 2854
Slope Gradient (%)
24 -2 230

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

195 0 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
3 0 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal 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)

Habitat and Range

Mesic to dry meadows and forest openings in the montane zone; common in BC in and E of the Coast-Cascade Mountains and S of 57degreeN; E to SK and S to WY, ID and OR.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Aster conspicuous
Aster conspicuus Lindl.