The picture above shows some of the vast diversity of the asterids. Clockwise from upper left they are: Verbascum thapsus; foxglove (Digitalis); Anethum, a member of the carrot family; Salvia dorrii, a mint; Downingia; and Madia elegans, a relative of the daisy.
The asterids are one of the largest subgroups of the flowering plants, with more than 75,000 species. Many familiar flowers, shrubs, and trees belong to this group, including olives, sunflowers, lettuce, potato, coffee, and ivy.
You can navigate deeper into the Asterid groups by selecting Systematics!