The photo above shows a close-up of the flower head of hairy goldaster as seen in sandy soils east of US Highway 97 along Washington State Road 14..........August 22, 2007.
Hairy goldaster is a perennial wildflower that arises from a somewhat woody base. It ranges form 10 - 50 cm in height. The lower leaves tend to be deciduous, the upper ones persisting. The leaves and stems tend to be more or less hairy, glandular, or both. The leaves are up to 5 cm in length and up to 1 cm wide. Individual leaves are oblanceolate to spatulate in shape.
The flower heads are sunflower-like, with both ray and disk flowers. The ray and disc flowers are both yellow. The flower heads form a short corymbiform inflorescence. The 10- 25 rays are about 6- 10 mm long. The involucre ranges from 5- 10 mm tall, with the bracts long and thin, gradually tapering to a point.
In the Columbia River Gorge, hairy goldaster is a long blooming wildflower and may be found in bloom from May until early October.
Hairy goldaster is found in sunny, open locations, frequently in sandy soils.
Hairy goldaster is found east of the Cascade Mountain crest, from British Columbia, south through Washington and Oregon to California, and eastward to Saskatchewan, Illinois, and Texas.
In the Columbia River Gorge, hairy goldaster is found east of the Little White Salmon River at elevations below 700'.
The photo above shows a close-up of the seed heads of hairy goldaster as seen at Horsethief Butte...........October 7, 2006.