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Asteraceae - Aster
Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, Museum Hill
DescriptionThis plant has hollow stems, is branched near the base and has a few long, narrow, tapered leaves. It has a milky sap.
Mature Size1 to 3 ft.
BloomJune to October. Each lone, yellow flower head is made up entirely of ray flowers. Its bracts are longer than the flowers. It is 1 to 2 inches across and resembles a giant dandelion when it goes to seed.
Interesting FactsFlowers open in the morning and close in midday, usually by noon.
Traditional and Medicinal UsesIts long taproots can be dug up, ground, roasted, and used as a coffee substitute. Its roots are too small, fibrous, woody and tough to be anything more than an emergency food.
Santa Fe Botanical Garden SitesLeonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, Museum Hill