|Scientific Name||Symphyotrichum ascendens (Aster ascendens)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||SYAS3|
|Common Name||Western Aster||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||522184|
Life zones and habitat: Foothills to montane (5000 to 10500 ft.); roadsides, meadows, along streams.
Plant: Erect perennial 4 to 48 inches tall, growing in colonies; single or multiple stems with dense, short hairs.
Leaves: Basal and stem leaves linear to narrowly-lanceolate, 3/4 to 4 inches long with smooth edges.
Inflorescence: Showy flower heads about 1 to 1-1/4 inches across with 25 to 65 narrow rays, pink to violet or blue; large number of yellow disk florets; recurved green phyllaries (bracts), rounded or with pointed tips.
Bloom period: July to September.
References: SEINet and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
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