West Highland Flora

Sea Aster

Aster tripolium


Aster tripolium

Photo Carl Farmer
20 Aug 2002 Penifiler, Skye

Common on shore, especially in saltmarshes.

Flowerhead diameter c 12-20 mm

ID: Unmistakable, told from escaped Michaelmas Daisies by fleshy leaves.

Other features: Sometimes the mauve ray-florets are absent, but I have not seen any like this in our area.  They can also be very pale or even white.

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