|Scientific Name||Chaetopappas ericoides||USDA PLANTS Symbol||CHER2|
|Common Name||Rose Heath, Small-flower Aster||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||501376|
Life zones and habitat: Plains to foothills (3500 to 8500); open, dry sites; widepread in the West.
Plant: Low, much-branched perennial 2 to 6 inches tall; stems with appressed hairs, sometimes glandular.
Leaves: Alternate, sessile, somewhat appressed and overlapping along the stems; narrow blades linear to oblanceolate, 1/4 to 3/4-inch long, entire with pointed tips; surfaces with short, stiff glandular or pubescent hairs.
Inflorescence: Small, solitary compound flower head on each stem with 8 to 25 white to slightly pinkish ray florets less than 1/3-inch long; 12 to 24 yellow disk florets; hairy green phyllaries beneath taper to a sharp, reddish-purple tip; the ends of the rays bending downwards later in the day.
Bloom Period: May to July.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, American Southwest and SEINet.
|BONAP Distribution Map
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Banner photo: Ten Mile Range and Rhodiola integrifolia (King’s Crown) in Summit County