Machaeranthera tanacetifolia (Prairie aster)

Formerly Aster tanacetifolius. Low spreading, drought tolerant native annual or biennial with bright violet daisy-like flowers, blooming May to October. Occurs on various habitats including, dry upland desert scrub, rocky hillsides and in open sandy prairies and woodlands; 1,000 to 8,000 ft. elevation. Use for restoration, revegetating disturbed areas, roadsides and in xeriscaping.

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INFORMATION & ATTRIBUTES

Family: Asteraceae

Duration:  Annual/Biennial/ Perennial 

Growth Habit: Forb/herb

Native Status: Native

Growth Form: Multi-stemmed

Mature Height: 12-36 in.

Bloom Color: Violet

Bloom Period: May-October

Annual Precipitation:  in.

Drought Tolerance: Medium

Shade Tolerance: Low

Elevation: 5,000-8,000 ft.

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SOIL ADAPTATION

Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: Yes

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CaCO3 Tolerance: High

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