Heterotheca villosa var. villosa (Hairy Golden Aster) - photos and description






General: Plants are prostrate to decumbent, having many stems from a woody rootstock, stems covered in coarse hairs.

Flowers: Flowers many in a flat-topped inflorescence, bright yellow, we measured flower heads about 25 mm across. The involucre bracts imbricate, we measured the involucre at 9 mm long.

Leaves: Leaves are alternate, oblong-oblanceolate, we measured a leaf at 15 mm long, 5 mm wide, strigose, and greyish-green in colour.

Height: Height is listed in Budd's Flora to 60 cm tall, we measured plants to 15 cm tall.

Habitat: Dry prairie and roadsides.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

Synonym: Listed in some of the field guides we use as Chrysopsis villosa.

When and where photographed: Above photos taken September 2nd on the hills of Last Mountain Lake, about 40 km north of Regina, SK, and September 3rd on a roadside in the Big Muddy, about 250 km southwest of our home in Regina, SK.