Photographer: Merel R. Black
Aster sericeus Vent.
silky aster, western silvery aster
Aster: from the Greek aster, "a star," describing the radiate heads of the flowers
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 8"-24" tall forb; clustered, brittle, wiry stems|
|Flower: ||head 3/4"-1" wide with 15-25 violet to purple rays; inflorescence of several to many heads in widely-branched, open clusters near the ends of the branches; blooms Aug.-Oct.|
|Leaf:||pale greenish, very silky, entire, lance-like to oblong|
|Habitat: ||sun; dry; prairies, cliffs|