Eucephalus engelmannii (D.C. Eaton) Greene
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Aster elegans var. engelmannii, Aster engelmannii
USDA Symbol: EUEN
Stems leafy in the middle, but not below, and branched near top, and at ends of branches, flower heads with a few white or pinkish rays.
This is one of a number of tall asters; the stems straight, erect, few in a bunch, branched only near the top. Its heads, with a few often slightly curled rays, have a ragged appearance.
The species of this plant is named for George Engelmann (1809-1884) who was born in Germany and settled in St. Louis, Missouri, as a young man. He was a physician and botanist, describing especially North American Abies (Firs), Agaves, Cactus (for which he described more than 108 species), Cuscuta (Dodder), Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family), Juncus (Rushes), Juniperus (“Cedar”), Pinus (Pines), Vitis (Grapes), and Yuccas. When he died much of his collection went to Missouri Botanical Garden.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: CA , CO , ID , MT , NV , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC
Native Distribution: Western Canada south to Washington, northeastern Nevada, and northern Colorado.
Native Habitat: Open places and openings in woods.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Eucephalus engelmannii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Eucephalus engelmannii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Eucephalus engelmannii
MetadataRecord Modified: 2008-08-27
Research By: TWC Staff