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Engelmann's Aster
Eucephalus engelmannii
  
About Engelmann's Aster (Eucephalus engelmannii) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Eucephalus engelmannii is a North American species in the aster fammily known by the common name Engelmann's aster. It is native to the United States and Canada from Alberta and British Columbia to far northern California and Colorado. Eucephalus engelmannii grows in mountain woods and meadows. It is a perennial herb growing from a woody caudex and sending a slender, branching, hairy stem to a maximum height near 1. 5 meters (5 feet). The mostly hairless leaves are generally oval and up to 10 centimeters (4 inches) long, with the lowest ones much reduced. The inflorescence holds several flower heads lined in keeled, pointed, hairy-edged phyllaries with purplish margins at the tips. Each head has 8-13 white to pinkish or light violet ray florets each up to 2 centimeters long, surrounding yellow disc florets. The fruit is a hairy achene.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Size
Size
3 - 6 ft tall

Form
Form
Upright

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate

Flower Color
Flower Color
White, Purple

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Summer

Wildlife Supported
 


 
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Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Soil Description
Soil Description
Prefers loamy or clay soils. Grows poorly in sandy soils.

Common uses
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Meadows and open places

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 75.5" - 79.7", Summer Precipitation: 3.22" - 3.27", Coldest Month: 33.7" - 37.3", Hottest Month: 52.0" - 54.2", Humidity: 2.10" - 10.26", Elevation: 6458" - 6864"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Aster engelmannii


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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