Aster chilensis (California Aster)


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 Plant Description: This member of the Asteraceae (Sunflower) family is known by the common names Pacific aster and California aster. This plant is a perennial herb that can grow to heights between 15 inches and 40 inches. The hairy leaves are narrowly oval-shaped, pointed, and sometimes finely serrated along the edges. The flower cluster holds aster flower heads with centers of yellow disc florets and fringes of many narrow light purple ray florets.

  • Height: 15-40"
  • Watering needs: low to very low soil moisture
  • Sun needs: full sun to part shade
  • Soil needs: loamy, clay soil 
  • Bloom time: summer

Landscape Use and Ecological Function: This plant is native to western North America from British Columbia to California, where it grows in many types of habitat, especially along the coast and in the coastal mountain ranges. The flowers of this plant attract many beneficial insects. Great for a butterfly garden as well. 

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