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

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

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Species Information

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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.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / 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.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 6 1087 2854
Slope Gradient (%) -2 24 230
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 195 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 3 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number 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)


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 montane boreal & cool temperate.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Aster conspicuous
Aster conspicuus Lindl.

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