Asteraceae
Aster chilensis

Common California Aster

Sprawling to upright. Stems slender, somewhat hairy on upper parts. Basal leaves 3–8 in. long, lance-shaped, with petioles, withering as the plant blooms; stem leaves linear to elliptical, very short, sessile, entire, slightly hairy. Inflorescence consists of cymes with numerous small flower heads; oblong to egg-shaped, large, green bracts form cup; violet, lavender, or white ray flowers. Grows in meadows, open areas.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: All Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 20--40 inches
  • Habitat: Coastal, Meadow
  • Found In: Olympic NP
  • Native: Yes