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Eurybia conspicua
showy aster, western showy aster, eastern showy wood-aster
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Northeast Oregon and eastern Washington, east to Wyoming and north to Saskatchewan

Habitat: Open woods, foothills to mid-elevations in the mountains

Flowers: July - September

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Stout perennial from a creeping rhizome, 3-10 dm. tall, strongly glandular above.


Leaves firm, usually sharply toothed, the lowermost small, elliptic, tapering to a short petiole, soon deciduous; the other leaves ample, 6-18 cm. long and 2-8 cm. wide, sessile, ovate to elliptic.


Heads several in an open, flat-topped inflorescence; involucre 8-12 mm. high, densely glandular, its bracts well imbricate, with fairly broad, papery base, tapering to a green tip; rays 12-35, 10-15 mm. long, blue or purple; pappus of numerous capillary bristles.

Accepted Name:
Eurybia conspicua (Lindl.) G.L. Nesom
Publication: Phytologia. 77: 259. 1995.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Aster conspicuus Lindl. [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Eurybia conspicua in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Eurybia conspicua checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Eurybia conspicua atlas page.

CalPhotos: Eurybia conspicua photos.

USDA Plants: Eurybia conspicua information.

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