Stems: bushy, branched. Leaves: rigid, linear, entire, obtuse, sessile, uppermost passing into involucral bracts. Flowers: in densely crowded heads.

Wild Heliotrope (Valeriana sitchensis)

Wild Heliotrope (Valeriana sitchensis)

These charming little Asters, with their white rays and yellow centres, are quite unmistakable, and though each individual flower is small, yet they grow in such large densely-flowered wands that they present a very handsome appearance. The stiff narrow leaves grow all the way up the stalks among the blossoms. The flower is usually found in very dry sandy places.

Aster alpinus, or Alpine Aster, is another species very abundant in the mountains. It grows at great altitudes and has fluffy whitish leaves and white or pale pink flowers.