Eurybia conspicua (Showy Aster) - photos and description








Leaf mid-stem

Lower stem leaf

General: Robust perennial plant with a corymbose inflorescence. Stem with long hairs below, stems sparsely hairy at top.

Flowers: Flowers are violet, flower heads measured to 4 cm diameter.

Leaves: Leaves alternate, mid-stem distinctively quite wide, about half as wide as long, sessile, ovate in shape, coarsely toothed, mid-stem leaf highlighted above was 15.5 cm long and 7.5 cm wide. Lower leaves oblong, auriculate, lower stem leaf highlighted in photo above was 15.5 cm long and 4.5 cm.  Leaves rough to touch - pubescent with short hairs on bottom, and pubescent with very short hairs on top.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 100 cm, we measured plants to 120 cm.

Habitat: Woodlands.

Abundance: Listed as common in Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Saskatchewan, however has been uncommon in my experience.

Origin: Native.

Synonym: Listed in some of the field guides we use as Aster conspicuus.

When and where photographed: These photos were taken August 3rd, boreal Forest, Meadow Lake Provincial Park, about 550 km northeast of our home in Regina, SK.