Saussurea americana

American Sawwort

Stems erect, leafy, with fine hairs and glands. Leaves thin, basal and on stems, largest 2–6 in. long, lance-shaped to triangular, toothed; upper leaves smaller. Inflorescence in upper leaf axils, consists of single or cluster of flower heads. Flower head with a cup of many green bracts with few long hairs, tips often blackish purple or brown; flowers 10–20, violet to dark purple or rarely white. Brownish bristles in center attach to seed. Grows in bogs, wet meadows, creeksides or wet rocky places, at high elevations.

  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Flowering Time: Mid Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 12--50 inches
  • Habitat: Meadow, Bog/Fen/Wetland, Subalpine
  • Found In: Wallowas, Olympic Np, Mt. Rainier Np, N Cascades Np
  • Native: Yes