prairie blazing star

(Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

prairie blazing star

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Wetland
Indicator
Status

Great Plains

FAC - Facultative

Midwest

FAC - Facultative

Northcentral & Northeast

FAC - Facultative

Nativity

Native

Occurrence

Common

Habitat

Dry to moderately moist, or wet. Prairies, meadows.

Flowering

July to September

     
Flower Color

Pink

     
Height

24 to 48

     

Identification

The stems are hairy below the inflorescence.

The inflorescence is a densely crowded spike with numerous, stalkless flower heads, each head having 5 to 7 flowers. The flower bracts spread outward, taper to a sharp point and form concave sides along the tip.

 
Similar
Species

Dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata) stems are hairless.


Distribution Distribution Map   Sources: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 28.

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Taxonomy

Family:

Asteraceae (aster)

 

Subfamily:

Asteroideae

 

Supertribe:

Helianthodae

 

Tribe:

Eupatorieae

 

Subtribe:

Liatrinae

 
Synonyms

Lacinaria pycnostachya

Liatris bebbiana

 
Common
Names

button snakeroot

cat-tail gayfeather

cattail gayfeather

great blazing star

prairie blazing star

thick-spike blazing star

thick-spike gayfeather


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Prairie Blazing Star

 
     
  Liatris pycnostachya / Prairie Blazing Star
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Published on Feb 11, 2014

Enjoy these beautiful flowers

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Published on Jul 7, 2013

Liatris pycnostachya - Prairie Blazing Star

 
     
  Really Cool Liatris
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Published on Jun 7, 2012

Liatris are summer-blooming bulbs that you plant in fall. They are the rare summer bulb that is winter hardy. With fluffy flowers and upright stalks, they are great alone and also play well with others in the garden.

 
     

 

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