Aster or Composite
Plant height: 30-120 cm tall.
perennial with a taproot and short,
persistent stem base.
usually several, branching from the base, with
flat, stiff, short hairs.
Leaves: alternate, lance-shaped, deeply pinnately cut
into 5-9 segments, the segments linear or lance-shaped,
toothless or nearly so, with flat, short, stiff hairs.
Flowerheads: yellow with 3-7 rays, which are 15-45
mm long, relatively very broad, spreading or bent down,
around a dark, column-shaped disk, mostly 15-40 mm
long and about 1/4-1/2 as wide. Heads several on long
stalks. Style appendages short and blunt.
Flowering time: June-August.
Fruits: achenes, hairy and usually slightly winged on
the inner edge. Pappus an evident awn tooth on the inner
angle of the achene, often also with a shorter one on the
Prairies, plains and disturbed ground, in most parts of
MT. Also in MN to MO and from s.e. B.C. to TX and
Medicinal plant, see below.
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