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Symphyotrichum ericoides
heath-leaved aster, tufted white prairie aster

Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; southern British Columbia to Oregon, east to the Rocky Mountains, and further east across Canada and most of North America to the Atlantic Coast.

Habitat: Open, wet or dry places in the valleys and plains; tolerant of alkali.

Flowers: July-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Fibrous-rooted perennial from a crown or rhizomes, the stems clustered, 3-20 dm. tall; herbage rough with usually spreading hairs.


Leaves opposite, numerous, firm, linear, often spine-tipped, up to 7 cm. long and 5 mm. wide.


Heads numerous, small, the disk only 4-8 mm. wide, somewhat one-sided on the ascending branches; involucre 4-6 mm. high, its bracts imbricate, the outer with green tips, obtuse or rounded, spine-tipped; rays white, 15-25, 3-8 mm. long.



Accepted Name:
Symphyotrichum ericoides (L.) G.L. Nesom
Publication: Phytologia. 77: 280. 1995.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Symphyotrichum ericoides in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Symphyotrichum ericoides checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Symphyotrichum ericoides information.

E-Flora BC: Symphyotrichum ericoides atlas page.

CalPhotos: Symphyotrichum ericoides photos.

USDA Plants: Symphyotrichum ericoides information.

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