Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. parryi

(Parry's Aster)

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Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. parryi, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 8902

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Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. parryi, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 8916

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Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. parryi, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 8909

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Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. parryi, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 8925

Scientific Name Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. parryi (Aster foliaceus var. parryi) USDA PLANTS Symbol SYFOP
Common Name Parry's Aster ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 541090
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine. Moist areas along streams and wet meadows.
Plant: Highly variable variety. Erect perennial 8 to 40 inches tall; hairs in two vertical lines along the stems.
Leaves: Basal leaves oblanceolate and petiolate, usually withered by flowering; stem leaves ovate, lanceolate or oblanceolate and clasping, 3/4 to almost 5 inches long.
Inflorescence: Single to many composite flower heads in a rounded inflorescence, each 1 to 1-1/2 inches across with 15 to 60 rays, normally lavender to pink, but can be white (as below); large number of yellow disk florets; phyllaries smooth on the back, fringed on the edges, with white edges at the bases, outer and inner about the same length, linear-shaped and sharp-pointed.
Bloom period: July to September.
References: SW Colorado Wildflowers, E-Flora BC and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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