Perennial herb from a fibrous-rooted, branched, woody stem-base; stems ascending to erect, simple, long-hairy, 13-30 cm tall.
Basal leaves few, soon deciduous; stem leaves reduced below, the others uniform except for the reduced uppermost ones, linear with spiny tips, 1.5-4.0 cm long, 1-4 mm wide, unstalked, short, appressed-hairy, entire.
Heads with ray and disk flowers, solitary; involucres 8-13 mm tall; involucral bracts graduated, linear to lance-linear, with long-pointed tips, fine appressed-hairy with a greenish or sometimes purplish midline and more or less papery margin; ray flowers 13, sometimes more, violet, 10-20 mm long; disk flowers yellow.
Achenes several-nerved, with stalked glands and fine hairs; pappus straw-colored, double, the outer bristles as much as 1 mm long.
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
|ESSF(6), IDF(2), MS(1), PP(1)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Aster stenomeres A. Gray