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Muller, Thomas L.
Machaeranthera bigelovii (Gray) Greene
Bigelow's tansyaster, Sticky Aster
USDA Symbol: mabi
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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
AZ , CO , NM , NV , OK , UT , WY Native Distribution:
Western Colorado south to New Mexico and Arizona. Native Habitat:
Plains and openings in coniferous forests. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
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Record Modified: 2012-07-28
Research By: TWC Staff