Asteraceae
Aster modestus

Few-Flowered Aster

Single tall stem, often branched at top. Stem glandular or hairy near flower heads. Basal leaves slightly smaller than the rest, withering by bloom time; stem leaves lance-shaped, clasping, 2–6 in. long, entire or with few sharp teeth. One to many flower heads atop stems. Flowers with 21–45 very narrow purple ray flowers, yellow disk; cup green, glandular, narrowly linear, with spreading tips. Grows in moist shady woods, swamps, along banks of rivers and streams, at low to mid elevations. Most prevalent in the Wallowa Mountains.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 1--4 feet
  • Habitat: West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest
  • Found In: Crater Lake NP, Wallowas, N Cascades NP, Mt. Rainier NP, Olympic NP
  • Native: Yes