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Long Leaved Aster
Symphyotrichum ascendens
About Long Leaved Aster (Symphyotrichum ascendens) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Symphyotrichum ascendens (formerly Aster ascendens) is a species of aster known by the common names western aster and longleaf aster. It is native to western North America from British Columbia to Saskatchewan to Arizona and New Mexico, where it grows in many types of habitat, including disturbed areas. This is a rhizomatous perennial herb growing a branching, erect stem to heights between 20 and 60 centimeters. Leaves are widely lance-shaped to oblong and pointed, the largest ones near the base of the stem reaching up to 15 centimeters long. The stem and leaves are roughly hairy in places. The flower cluster is an array of many flower heads with many narrow violet to nearly white ray florets around a center of golden disc florets. The fruit is a hairy achene with a long pappus.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

0.7 - 2 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
White, Purple

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 8 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Part Shade

Common uses
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Meadows and disturbed places

Annual Precipitation: 4.9" - 93.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.17" - 3.27", Coldest Month: 25.1" - 52.0", Hottest Month: 47.4" - 79.3", Humidity: 0.55" - 27.37", Elevation: 233" - 9656"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Aster ascendens
Common Names: Longleaf Aster, Western Aster

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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