Symphyotrichum foliaceum, the Leafy Aster forms upright clusters of many light to dark purple flowerheads borne on branched, reddish stalks. Leaves are plentiful, both around the base and along the stems, where they are only slightly reduced in size. Flowers consist of between 16 and 60 ray florets and 50 to 150 yellow disc florets. The bracts, underneath the flowers, provide one means to distinguish the leafy aster from other similar species; they are light green in color (whitish at the base), leaf-like in appearance, and the lowest few are noticeably longer, projecting outwards to nearly the same extent as the petals.

Photo: Spenceville Wildlife Refuge, Yuba County, California, USA


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It’s all about capturing a moment in time. About discovering scenes that, when shared, generate interest and appeal.
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John Butler is a resident of Northern California. A builder, by trade – but spiritually, a naturalist and photographer.

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  • Olivia Moore
    Olivia Mooreabout 1 year ago

    So charming!

  • Thank You for the nice compliment Olivia.

    – John Butler

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 1 year ago

    Very nice capture

  • Thanks Larry

    – John Butler

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteabout 1 year ago

    Beautifully captured.

  • It’s hard to believe that you can just come upon a scene, like this one. Nature’s photo studio. Thank You Julie.

    – John Butler

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 1 year ago

    A gorgeous capture John

  • I love the way this one shows. Thank You very much for the compliment Kala.

    – John Butler

  • teresa731
    teresa731about 1 year ago

    Very beautiful.. love the color!!

  • It is truly a stunning wildflower and I am so honored to share it with this group. Thank You Teresa.

    – John Butler

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 1 year ago

    One of my favorite wildflowers!! Beautiful!!

  • It is one of my favorite wildflowers, as well. Thank You for your compliment Lorilee.

    – John Butler

  • Jeanette Muhr
    Jeanette Muhrabout 1 year ago



  • Wonderful to be Featured in this “Fabulous” group Jeanette. Thank You.

    – John Butler

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