Machaeranthera bigelovii var. bigelovii

Machaeranthera bigelovii var. bigelovii

Plains aster

Previous scientific name(s): Aster aquifolius, Aster bigelovii, Aster pattersonii, Aster rubrotinctus, Machaeranthera aquifolia, Machaeranthera

Formerly known as Aster bigelovii. Low water requirement; full sun to partial shade. Perennial with large showy multi-rayed purple flowers often seen blooming in masses during September and October, and to a lesser extent in spring and summer. Browsed throughout the season by deer and livestock. Found on dry, open areas, on shallow or gravelly soils in the upper elevations of the desert Southwest.

Varieties: 

Species Attributes

Height: 
- 36 
in.
Life Form: 
Perennial
Native or Introduced: 
Native
Precipitation: 
Low
Sun & Shade Tolerance: 
Full Sun
Part Sun
Elevation: 
ft.

Soil Texture

Coarse: 
Average
Moderately Coarse: 
Average
Medium: 
Best
Moderately Fine: 
Marginal
Fine: 
Not Adapted

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Not Adapted
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Marginal
Seeding Rate: 
- 2 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
27.50 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
1,550,000
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes
Bloom Color: 
Purple
Blooming Season: 
Spring
Summer
Fall