|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|
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.
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