One of the late summer/fall blooms that you can see out a Red Rock Canyon includes golden aster (Heterotheca villosa). Small yet numerous bright yellow flowers cover this two to three foot high shrub. The stems and leaves of golden aster have small hairs and when touched give off a pleasant sage-like aroma. Look for these plants in moist spots along the springs and riparian areas throughout Red Rock Canyon (Calico Basin, Pine Creek, First Creek, etc.).

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