[Asters Found East of the Cascade Mts. of Oregon and Washington]

Crag Aster, Lava Aster

Ionactis alpina

Synonym: Aster scopulorum

Crag Aster, Lava Aster: Ionactis alpina (Synonym: Aster scopulorum)

Crag aster as seen atop Domingo Pass, Pueblo Mountains of southeastern Oregon..........May 31, 2012.

Characteristics:

Crag aster is an attractive perennial with one to several erect or ascending stems from 4-15 cm high. The numerous leaves are narrowly elliptical, measuring 5-15 mm long and 1-3 mm wide with entire margins.

The flower heads are solitary atop the stems. The involucre measures 7-11 mm high with shingled bracts, covered with short glandular hairs. The rays are pink, blue or violet, with about 8 to 13 thin rays, each measuring from 6-15 mm long. The central disk measures about 7-13 mm wide and is yellowish. Crag aster flowers from May to July.


Habitat:

Crag aster is found on dry, open places, often with sagebrush, from the lowlands to 3300 m.


Range:

Crag aster may be found from south-central Oregon east to Powell Co., Montana, south to Utah and Mono County, California.


Crag Aster, Lava Aster: Ionactis alpina (Synonym: Aster scopulorum) - Crag Aster, Lava Aster: Ionactis alpina (Synonym: Aster scopulorum)

Additional close-up images of crag aster (including a pollinator) as seen on rocky slopes near a gravel pit at the crest of Long Hollow Pass in the southern Steens Mountain of southeastern Oregon.........May 31, 2012.

Crag Aster, Lava Aster: Ionactis alpina (Synonym: Aster scopulorum)

Crag aster blooming along the Fremont National Recreation Trail #160 at about 7400' on the southeastern shoulder of Crook Peak, Fremont-Winema National Forest......June 28, 2019.

Crag Aster, Lava Aster: Ionactis alpina (Synonym: Aster scopulorum)

The photo above shows crag aster as seen from between Summer Lake, OR and Picture Rock Pass.........May 26, 1996.

Paul Slichter