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|Habitat:||sun; dry fields, prairies|
|Bloom season:||August - October|
|Plant height:||1 to 3 feet|
|USDA PLANTS database:||Minnesota county distribution map|
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Flowers are in open branching clusters at the top of the plant. Individual flowers are about 1 inch across with 15 to 30 light blue to purple petals (ray flowers) and yellow center disc flowers that turn reddish with maturity.
Leaves are smooth and almost waxy, mostly toothless, mostly hairless, and mostly clasp the main stem. The shape can be variable, from somewhat spatula shaped to rounded at the base and tapering to a pointed tip.
Leaves near the base of the plant are largest, up to 4 inches long and 1½ inches wide, and may wither away by flowering time; they become smaller as they ascend the stem. Attachment is alternate. The main stem is hairless and may be green or reddish.
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Photos taken at Rice Creek Trail Corridor, Shoreview, MN September 2008 and September-October 2009
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