Thursday, August 25, 2016


There are asters (in the Aster aka Sunflower family) galore on Mount Lemmon, too! Many of which are - you guessed it - yellow. Two of these darn-yellow-asters are compared below.

Photos by Ned Harris 8/17/2016

For the DYAs, the leaves, bloom time, and elevation are (often) important in distinguishing species. Using Frank's book, I was able to do so and to determined that this flower is a Western sneezeweed (Hymenoxys hoopesii) (36).

Cutleaf coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata) (44) blooms at the same general time and elevation as Western sneezeweed. In fact, we saw them in some of the same locations (although the Western sneezeweed is more abundant).

Head to Mount Lemmon for more bloomin' asters!

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