Creeping Aster
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Creeping Aster
ative Photo: Nongthombam Ullysess
Common name: Creeping Aster
Botanical name: Aster diplostephioides    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Native to the Himalayas (Kashmir to Bhutan), creeping aster is a neat clump forming plant producing large lilac mauve flowers from July to September. This is a low growing aster, and almost creeps. It has lance like leaves, which may be lost in the grassy growth of the surrounding. Lilac mauve flower heads, 5-7 cm across, appear solitary. Ray florets are lilac, very long and narrow, somewhat bending backwards. The central disk is first blackish, then orange.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.

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