Photo Copyright 1989 Dean Wm. Taylor
Description: Perennial, with unbranched woody rootcrown, 1-3dm high. Stems have silvery soft hairs on them. Leaves are linear (2.5cm long). Flowers are solitary heads of pale rose to lavender, with 30-50 ray flowers per head.
Distribution: Occurs around the northern base of the San Bernardino Mountains near Cushenbury Canyon; in the Little San Bernardino; and in the hills around Yucca Valley.
Habitat: Found on limestone substrates (occasionally on dolomite or quartz monzonite substrates) along canyon drainages or outwash fans in the transition zone between creosote brush scrub and pinyon juniper woodland communities. Found between 4100 and 6300 ft in elevation.
Flowering Period: May-June
Similar Plants: Flower heads are similar in appearance to Mojave aster (Xylorhiza tortifolia), but leaves are different.
Status: Federal Threatened, California Native Plant Society List 1B