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Common Herb Species of the Northwest Forest

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Aster macrophyllus
Large-leaved Aster
Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Description

General - a perennial from creeping rhizomes, usually forming dense patches of one-leaved plants; flowering stems grow to 1 m high, usually hairy, with a short, woody base.

Large-leaved Aster Leaves - staggered on the flowering stem; usually encountered as basal leaves of non-flowering individuals; basal leaves very large (up to 20 cm long and 15 cm wide), firm, thick, usually hairy, coarsely toothed, tapering to a pointed tip, heart-shaped at the base.

Flowers - in a loose, open, flat-topped flowering; individual flower heads daisy-like, sparse, with 9 to 20 purple to pale blue ray flowers; appearing late summer.

Fruit -small, linear seeds with fluffy hairs; forming a small ball for each flower head; appearing in early fall.

Habitat

Widespread and frequent; occurring across a broad range of forest habitats, primarily on dry to moist, mineral soils; also in open woodlands, in clearings and fields, along forest margins, roadsides and on disturbed ground.

Notes

The basal leaves of Aster ciliolatus are usually smaller with winged leafstalks. See Aster ciliolatus for additional descriptive notes.

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