Asteraceae
Aster subspicatus

Douglas's Aster

Cluster of erect leafy stems from spreading roots. Stems with many hairy leaves. Leaves toothed; lower leaves lance-shaped, with short petiole; midstem leaves usually without petiole but do not clasp stem. Flowers few to many, held in cyme. Flower cup of overlapping bracts, the outer bracts with paper-like margins and light yellow to reddish brown base; ray flowers purple or blue, about 1/2–1 in. long. Grows on beaches, along streams, disturbed areas, other open moist sites, at low elevations.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: All Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 1--4 feet
  • Habitat: Coastal, West-Side Forest, Disturbed, Moist Riverbanks
  • Found In: Mt. Rainier NP, Wallowas, Olympic NP, West Gorge, N Cascades NP
  • Native: Yes