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Common Herb Species of the Northwest Forest

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Aster ciliolatus
Ciliolate Aster
Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Description

General - stout perennial from long, creeping rhizomes; flowering stems erect, unbranched, 20 cm to one metre high, sparingly leafy, with a short woody base.

Ciliolate Aster Leaves - staggered on the flowering stem; commonly encountered as basal leaves of nonflowering individuals; basal and lower stem leaves egg-shaped to lance-shaped, tapering to a sharp-pointed tip, rounded or heart-shaped at the base, sharply toothed, with long, winged leafstalks which are long and finely hairy-edged.

Flowers - usually in few heads; relatively few (less than 50) flower heads in a cluster; individual flower heads with 12 - 25 blue ray flowers; pink to pinkish-purple or white; appearing late summer.

Fruit -small, linear seeds with bristly hairs; forming a small dandelion-like ball; appearing in late summer to early fall.

Habitat

Occasional; in fresh to wet forest habitats on both mineral and organic soils. Also along forest margins, in open woodlands, along roadsides, in old fields and clearings.

Notes

Differs from Aster macrophyllus, Large-leaved Aster which displays a flat-topped inflorescence and lacks a ciliate, winged leafstalk. Several other Aster species may be encountered in fields and on disturbed ground.

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