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Purple Tansy Aster, Sticky Aster
Scientific Name: Machaeranthera bigelovii
Synonym: Machaeranthera commixta, Machaeranthera pattersonii, Aster bigelovii, Machaeranthera mucronata, Machaeranthera rubricaulis, Machaeranthera centaureoides, Aster aquifolius, Machaeranthera aquifolia, Machaeranthera canescens var. commixta
Family: Asteraceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: All zones
USDA: 7-10

Sun Exposure: Full to part sun

Origin: USA (Arizona to Wyoming), at 3000 to 9500 feet elevation

Growth Habits: Biennial to perennial, 18 inches to 3 feet tall and wide (45-90 cm)

Watering Needs: Little water, prefers a sandy soil

Propagation: Seeds

The species is named for Dr. John Milton Bigelow (1804-1878), a professor of botany at Detroit Medical College.

Blooming Habits:
Large, purple to magenta, daisy-like flowers, up to 1.5 inches in diameter (4 cm), in late summer and fall.

Fruiting Habits:

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