Why I Garden #37

Purple Asters - Machaeranthera bigelovii

Folks around Santa Fe call these flowers Purple Aster when they pop up in late summer / early fall. Apparently Aster bigelovii has quite a few pseudonyms including Bigelow's Tansyaster, Sticky Aster and more scientifically Machaeranthera bigelovii or Dieteria bigelovii var. bigelovii. Regardless of what they're called we have a few of these self-seeded native wildflowers growing in one of the beds around our home.

More Info:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Machaeranthera bigelovii var. bigelovii

USDA Plant Guide - Bigelow's Tansyaster (.pdf)

Dieteria bigelovii and Dieteria canescens