Symphyotrichum chilense

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Symphyotrichum chilense
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Symphyotrichum
S. chilense
Binomial name
Symphyotrichum chilense

Aster chilensis

Symphyotrichum chilense (formerly Aster chilensis) is a species of aster known by the common names Pacific aster[1] and common California aster.

It is native to the West Coast of North America from British Columbia to Southern California and the Channel Islands.[2] It grows in many types of habitats, especially along the coast and in the coastal mountain ranges. Despite its Latin name, it does not occur in Chile.[3]


Symphyotrichum chilense is a rhizomatous perennial herb growing to heights between 40 centimeters and one meter. The hairy leaves are narrowly oval-shaped, pointed, and sometimes finely serrated along the edges.

The inflorescence holds aster flower heads with centers of yellow disc florets and fringes of many narrow light purple ray florets. The fruit is a rounded, hairy achene with a pappus.


  1. ^ "Symphyotrichum chilense". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Symphyotrichum chilense" at the Encyclopedia of Life
  3. ^ Brouillet, Luc; Semple, John C.; Allen, Geraldine A.; Chambers, Kenton L.; Sundberg, Scott D. (2006). "Symphyotrichum chilense". In Flora of North America Editorial Committee (ed.). Flora of North America North of Mexico (FNA). 20. New York and Oxford – via, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.


External links[edit]

  • Aster chilensis in the CalPhotos Photo Database, University of California, Berkeley