Family: Asteraceae Bercht et J. Presl
Townsendia parryi
Distribution: North American species from the western part of the continent, occurring in British Columbia, Alberta, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Absent in state of Washington.
Ecology: Dry rocky hillsides, rocky meadows and grassy slopes at elevations 1500–3000 m. Blooms from May to August.
Townsendia parryi
Description: Biennial to short-lived perennial herb, 5–25 cm tall at flowering, from stout taproot. Basal leaves numerous in a rosette, petiolate, oblong to lanceolate to spatulate, 20–50 × 2–8 mm, hairy underneath, margins smooth; stem leaves alternate, smaller. Heads single, terminal, 5–7 cm across; involucral bracts lanceolate, green, margins translucent and fringed, in several overlapping rows; ray florets purplish to blue, rarely white or pink, 20–70, 1–2.5 cm long; disc florets yellow, numerous. Fruit is an compressed achene with pappus of long bristles.
Note: The species name honour of British-American botanist and mountaineer Charles Christopher Parry (1823–90), who described some 100 new species in Colorado.
Townsendia parryi
Townsendia parryi
These images were taken in Canada, Alberta, Highwood Grass Pass (June 8, 2016).