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Muller, Thomas L.
Machaeranthera bigelovii (A. Gray) Greene
Bigelow's tansyaster, Sticky Aster
Synonym(s): Dieteria bigelovii
USDA Symbol: mabi
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Leafy branched stems topped by flower heads with many narrow, bright reddish-lavender or purple rays surrounding a yellow central disk.
These wildflowers of late summer often color entire banks and roadsides with vibrant purple. In the afternoon, as flower heads become shaded, the rays fold upward in the sleep position. Sticky Aster resembles true asters (Aster) but has spiny or divided leaves.
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
, WY Native Distribution:
Western Colorado south to New Mexico and Arizona. Native Habitat:
Plains and openings in coniferous forests.
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2012-07-28
Research By: TWC Staff