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

Eastern Showy Aster, Eastern Showy Wood-aster, Showy Aster, Western Showy Aster

Eurybia conspicua

Synonym: Aster conspicuus

Eastern Showy Aster, Eastern Showy Wood-aster, Showy Aster, Western Showy Aster: Eurybia conspicua (Synonym: Aster conspicuus)

The photo above shows showy aster from Swauk Campground, Wenatchee N.F............July 23, 2009.

Characteristics:

Showy aster is a stoloniferous aster, with solitary, stout stems arising from woody rootstock. Leaves are large, ovate, elliptic, or obovate, up to 17 cm in length, and up to 8 cm wide. The leaf margins are serrate. The flower heads are few to numerous (10-40), in a narrow, leafy inflorescence. The rays are violet or pale blue, the disc flowers yellow.


Habitat:

Showy aster is found in brush-filled openings in shady coniferous woods, at medium elevation in the mountains.


Range:

Showy aster is found from northeast Oregon, north to British Columbia, east to Saskatchewan and through central Idaho to northern Wyoming.


Involucral bracts of Eastern Showy Aster, Eastern Showy Wood-aster, Showy Aster, Western Showy Aster: Eurybia conspicua (Synonym: Aster conspicuus) - Flower head of Eastern Showy Aster, Eastern Showy Wood-aster, Showy Aster, Western Showy Aster: Eurybia conspicua (Synonym: Aster conspicuus)

Stem Leaf of Eastern Showy Aster, Eastern Showy Wood-aster, Showy Aster, Western Showy Aster: Eurybia conspicua (Synonym: Aster conspicuus)

These 3 photos show close-ups of the flower heads and stem leaf of showy aster as seen from Swauk Campground, Wenatchee N.F............July 23, 2009.

Eastern Showy Aster, Eastern Showy Wood-aster, Showy Aster, Western Showy Aster: Eurybia conspicua (Synonym: Aster conspicuus) - Eastern Showy Aster, Eastern Showy Wood-aster, Showy Aster, Western Showy Aster: Eurybia conspicua (Synonym: Aster conspicuus) - Eastern Showy Aster, Eastern Showy Wood-aster, Showy Aster, Western Showy Aster: Eurybia conspicua (Synonym: Aster conspicuus) - Eastern Showy Aster, Eastern Showy Wood-aster, Showy Aster, Western Showy Aster: Eurybia conspicua (Synonym: Aster conspicuus)

Showy asters blooming on open, gravelly slopes along the Slide Basin Trail #372 about one-quarter mile uphill from the junction with Trail #5005, Strawberry Mountain Wilderness.........August 11, 2015.

Eastern Showy Aster, Eastern Showy Wood-aster, Showy Aster, Western Showy Aster: Eurybia conspicua (Synonym: Aster conspicuus)

Showy aster as seen along Canyon Mountain Road just downhill of the Malheur National Forest boundary............August 19, 2011.

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These 4 photos show showy aster from both the Bowman Trail and Chief Joseph Trail, Eagle Cap Wilderness..........July 27, 1997.


Paul Slichter