Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. canbyi

(Canby's Aster)

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Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. canbyi, Sylvan Lake Rd, Eagle Co. 6671/6700

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Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. canbyi, Peak 7, Breckenridge 8305

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Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. canbyi, Sylvan Lake Rd, Eagle Co. 6645

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Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. canbyi, Peak 7, Breckenridge 8312

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Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. canbyi, Peak 7, Breckenridge 8308

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Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. canbyi, Sylvan Lake Rd, Eagle Co. 6640

Scientific Name Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. canbyi (Aster foliaceus var. canbyi) USDA PLANTS Symbol SYFOC
Common Name Canby's Aster, Leafy Aster ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 541089
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills and montane (5700 to 9800); meadows, open slopes and woods.
Plant: Highly variable variety. Erect perennial 8 to 40 inches tall.
Leaves: Basal leaves oblanceolate and petiolate, usually withered by flowering; stem leaves ovate, lanceolate or oblanceolate and clasping.
Inflorescence: One or more showy flower heads about 1 to 1-1/2 inches across with 15 to 60 rays, normally lavender to pink, but can be white (as below); large number of yellow disk florets; green phyllaries with white edges near their bases and rounded or somewhat pointed tips, outer are broadly oblanceolate and longer than inner which are lanceolate or linear.
Bloom period: July to September.
References: Flora of North America, E-Flora BC, SW Colorado Wildflowers and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
Note: The ID of this variety was based primarily on the clasping leaves and the phyllaries.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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