Symphyotrichum chilense (Nees) G.L. Nesom
Common California Aster, Pacific Aster
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: sych4
The Common California Aster is a member of the aster family (family Asteraceae), which includes herbs, sometimes shrubs or vines, rarely trees, with simple or compound, alternate or opposite leaves. Flowers small, but organized into larger heads resembling a single, radially symmetrical flower cupped by a ring of green bracts. In this large, worldwide family there are about 920 genera and 19,000 species. Cosmos, Sunflower, Zinnia, Dahlia, and many others are grown as ornamentals; Lettuce, Sunflowers, and Artichokes provide food. Safflower oil is obtained from this family. Ragweed pollen causes hay fever.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Violet
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: CA , OR , WA
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Symphyotrichum chilense in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Symphyotrichum chilense in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Symphyotrichum chilense
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff