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Xylorhiza tortifolia var. tortifolia (Mojave aster)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Xylorhiza tortifolia var. tortifolia

Xylorhiza tortifolia (Torr. & A. Gray) Greene var. tortifolia

Mojave aster, Mojave woodyaster

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Aplopappus tortifolius, Aster abatus, Aster goodingii, Aster mohavensis, Aster tortifolius, Machaeranthera tortifolia, Xylorhiza lanceolata, Xylorhiza scopulorum


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A low sub-shrub with a rounded form, mojave aster grows to about 2 ft. in height. Its leaves are narrow with spine-tipped teeth. Lavender, aster-like flowers occur singly and are large and showy.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Sep , Oct


USA: AZ , CA , NV , UT
Native Distribution: S. CA to s. UT & n. & w. AZ
Native Habitat: Dry, rocky, desert slopes & washes

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available


Description: Propagate by seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No treatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Additional resources

USDA: Find Xylorhiza tortifolia var. tortifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Xylorhiza tortifolia var. tortifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Xylorhiza tortifolia var. tortifolia


Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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