Native, almost circumpolar. Status ?? Stems, usually solitary, rather stout, less than 3dm tall; downy. Leaves, basal, numerous, oblong-lance-like, 1-5cm long, rounded tip; silky-hairy; upper, linear. Flowerheads, solitary, ray florets violet or whitish, about 1cm long; ............. Fruit, seed flat, 2-veined, with stiff, straight hairs appressed to the surface. Habitat: foothill prairies to dry alpine slopes. 250 Aster worldwide, 19 in Alberta. Most of the additional asters are now in genus, Eurybia, Machaeranthera or Symphotrichum.
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