Aster foliaceus | leafybract aster

December 12, 2013 – 06:15 am

Leafybract Aster

Erect, highly variable in height. Stems often reddish, hairy to hairless. Basal leaves 2–5 in. long, egg-shaped, with short petioles; stem leaves sessile. Flower heads single or few in open cyme with leaf-like, oblong to egg-shaped bracts. Ray flowers violet, purple, blue, or rose; disk yellow. Grows in open woods, subalpine meadows, along streams, at high elevations. Var. apricus is less than 9 in. tall, with decumbent or ascending stems; grows in alpine to subalpine. Var. parryi, more than 9 in. tall, has upper leaves smooth, moderately clasping; bracts under flowers small; grows along streams and wet places in mountains. Aster cusickii, of Wallowa Mountains, is more than 9 in. upper leaves hairy, strongly clasping; not in alpine zone.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 6--24 inches
  • Habitat: Meadow, West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest, Subalpine, Alpine
  • Found In: Olympic NP, Mt. Rainier NP, N Cascades NP, Crater Lake NP, Wallowas, Steens, West Gorge
  • Native:

Source: www.pnwflowers.com


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